Marat / Sade Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what way does Coulmier protest Sade must present his play?

2. Who accompanies Coulmier when he enters the stage?

3. Where on her body does Corday carry her knife?

4. With what term does Sade describe the execution of Damiens?

5. Who stops Corday from prematurely murdering Marat in Scene 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Corday and Duperret's interchange in Scene 29.

2. What final points does Coulmier make in the Epilogue?

3. How does the Herald describe Marat in Scene 4?

4. What are Sade's expectations of the Revolution, and are they realized?

5. Why does Coulmier stop the play in Scene 6?

6. Describe Jacques Roux.

7. How does the Herald calm Coulmier in Scene 11?

8. How does the Herald characterize Sade?

9. What satirical argument does Sade make about the aristocracy at the end of this section?

10. What paradox regarding Marat's calls to the Nation does Sade point out in Scene 28?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the worldview of Duperret and Corday. What do they describe as their ideal nation? How does the Paris of 1793 represent everything that both detest about social engineering? Why do you think this leads Charlotte Corday to take violent action but not Duperret?

Essay Topic 2

In Weiss's play, sex and violence are intertwined in a way such that one cannot exist without the other. Write an essay on this inextricable link, focusing on these three points:

Part 1) How does Charlotte Corday represent the perfect balance of sexuality and destruction? How does her plan to murder Marat hinge on her sexual allure? How does her religious fervor play to both of these attributes?

Part 2) The Marquis de Sade was infamous for his linking of sex and violence in his writing. How does the Sade of Weiss's play explain this fascination? What is his attitude to either sex or violence individually?

Part 3) Focusing on Sade's speech to Marat before Corday's third visit, discuss both sex and violence as driving forces both in the play and the play-within-the play.

Essay Topic 3

The theme of subjugation and captivity is pervasive in Weiss's play. Write an essay in three parts discussing the theme of captivity:

Part 1) How are the poor of 1793 constantly held in captivity? Who were their oppressors before the fall of the Bastille, and who have there oppressors become int he Revolutionary era? How does Marat decry both in the play?

Part 2) The story of Mart's death is performed by inmates in a mental asylum. How does the the life of the inmate reflect the life of the poor in 1793? In what way is the play-within-the-play an act of revolution against captivity?

Part 3) What is Sade's notion of captivity? How is it different from Marat's? What is the prison that every man inhabits in Sade's worldview?

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