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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. What part of Marat's body does Corday she wants to see sweat as she draws her knife?
2. What device's "singing" is Corday said to have hears in Scene 10?
3. What word do the patients chant in unison in Scene 6?
4. What right's inclusion in the Revolution's declaration does Marat lament at the end of Scene 15?
5. What apologia does Coulmier make in his Scene 2 speech?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the actors' mental afflictions affect their performances?
2. How does the Herald set the scene at the end of Scene 4?
3. Why does Marat regret the inclusion of private property in the Declaration of Human Rights?
4. In Scene 8, how does Marat explain that the expectations of the Revolution proved faulty?
5. What does Sade say in Scene 24 to appease Coulmier?
6. Describe Jacques Roux.
7. How does Sade explain his current role in the Revolution?
8. What are Marat's grievances in his imaginary session with the imaginary National Assembly of Scene 27?
9. What is the role of the audience in the play?
10. What recommendation does Duperret make to Corday in Scene 17?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Sade spends much time in the play debating Marat's philosophy, but the ostensible subject of the play-within-the-play is his murder. Write an essay detailing Sade's attitude toward the murder. Does he believe it is a good thing for France? Does he believe Charlotte Corday had a cogent vision for France? Though the prompt requires conjecture, use evidence from the text to defend your position.
Essay Topic 2
Interruptions are common throughout the Marat/Sade. The play-within-the-plsy is stopped several times int he middle of the action. Write an essay about these interruptions:
Part 1) Coulmier is the character that most often interrupts the action of Sade's play. What are his concerns and grievances? How are they received by the actors and Sade? Are these concerns well-founded?
Part 2) Which inmates interrupt the performance? Why dot hey do so, and how do these unexpected interruptions reflect something essential about the action onstage? What effect do they create?
Part 3) There is one planned interruption in the play-within-the-play, right before the death of Marat. Why does Sade include this interruption? How is it intended to inform the action of the final moments of the play?
Essay Topic 3
In the great debate between Sade and Mart, Sade's viewpoint is more complex and ambiguous. As an aristocrat turned Revolutionary turned voice for political apathy, his worldview is strange and inwardly focused. Write an essay on etymology of this viewpoint. Why did Sade join the Revolution, and why was he repelled by it? What does he view as most important in life? What is his attitude toward violence and its place in society?
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