Marat / Sade Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

Focusing on the final scene of Act 1, The Faces of Marat, write an essay profiling the life and ambitions of Jean-Paul Marat. How do his past reflect the desires and passions of his Revolutionary period? Who does he consider his enemies? Who, his allies? Feel free to cite examples beyond the central scene to explain his later beliefs and doubts.

Essay Topic 2

Much of the dialogue in The Marat/Sade focuses on the link between theory and violent action. Write an essay about his link, focusing on the two dominant symbols of each. How are they connected? What responsibility doe the author seem to imply the theorist has regarding the enacting of his ideas?

Part 1 ) Marat's quill and paper

Part 2) The guillotine

Essay Topic 3

The point-of-view of the play-within-the-play in The Marat/Sade is transitory in nature. Write an essay about the various points-of-view, focusing on the following three points:

Part 1) Most of the cast of Sade's play represent the poor of France, led in their songs by the four Singers. To what extent is the play told from the point-of-view of the common rabble? What is their position on the events of the play?

Part 2) How does the cadence and tone of the play-within-the-play change as Marat's mental state and health deteriorate? How is the play a chronicle of his final hours, his doubts, and his anger at the Establishment?

Part 3) To what extent is the play exclusively Sade's perspective on Marat's life and work? What is his position on the radical revolutionary, and how does he present this view in the play?

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