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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. How many years has the Marquis de Sade been living at Charenton at the time of the play?

2. With what adjective does Coulmier describe the keepers of the asylum in Scene 2?

3. To what does the Herald compare Marat's skin in Scene 4?

4. Who is attending Corday in the first scene of the play?

5. Which character's name does the Heral mention appearing on Marat's black list in Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the unrest begin in the Epilogue?

2. What is the role of the audience in the play?

3. How does Corday's sickness affect her performance?

4. Describe the events related in Scene 31.

5. What interrupts the murder of Marat in Scene 31?

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

7. What point about social status does the Herald make when he introduces the Singers?

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

9. What do the apparitions of Scene 26 reveal about Marat?

10. How does Roux respond to Marat in Scene 26?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In The Marat/Sade, several characters dominate the proceeding without ever speaking a line. These figures represent a authority int he play. How does their appearance reflect something more gentle than their function? What is their function within the role of the bathhouse? How is their true nature revealed in the final moments of the play?

Part 1) The male nurses

Part 2) The sisters

Part 3) Coulmier's family

Essay Topic 2

In The Marat/Sade, Peter Weiss creates a compelling dynamic for his cast: many of his cast members are mentally disturbed, and their psychological infirmities affect their roles in the play-within-the-play. Write an essay on this dynamic in three parts:

Part 1) What is the infirmity of the actor playing Marat? How does this infirmity make him particularly appropriate for the role? How does this infirmity limit his movement on the stage?

Part 2) What is Charlotte Corday's ailment? How does this affect her ability to play her role in the play-within-the-play? How do the other characters onstage interact with her?

Part 3) What is Duperret's mental infirmity? How does this affect his interaction with Corday? How does the Herald deal with him in his scene's with Corday?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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