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. Which of the following characters does not have a line in the Homage to Marat?

2. According to Marat in Scene 11, where did the aristocrats allow the poor to die slowly?

3. According to the Herald, what do Marat and Simone share in addition to a vision of France?

4. In Scene 11, Marat accuses aristocrats of make secret deals with whom?

5. From what affliction does the actress playing Corday suffer?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the world that Corday and Duperret describe in Scene 22.

3. What horrors does Corday witness in Scene 10?

4. Why does Marat regret the inclusion of private property in the Declaration of Human Rights?

5. What is the topic of Corday's song in Scene 7?

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

7. In Scene 8, how does Marat explain that the expectations of the Revolution proved faulty?

8. What viewpoint of the world does Sade espouse to Marat in Scene Scene 30?

9. What recommendation does Duperret make to Corday in Scene 17?

10. What historical events have occurred in France in the four years prior to the events of the play-within-the-play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of the reactionary is a constant theme throughout the play. Write an essay about the revolutionary attitude toward those who wish to reverse the social changes recently made. For each character below, explain their attitude toward the Revolution as a whole, Marat in particular, and violence in general:

Part 1) Corday

Part 2) Sade

Part 3) Coulmier

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