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. What historical figure did Damiens try to assassinate?

2. For what affliction is Marat always submerged in a bath?

3. Which character's name does the Chorus chant in unison during Scene 7?

4. Who anxiously follows behind Marat while the patients carry him on their shoulders in Scene 5?

5. At the beginning of the song in Scene 10, what emotion has nearly defeated Corday?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sade explain his current role in the Revolution?

2. What is the nature of Marat's life in 1793?

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

4. What proclamation about nationalism does Sade make in Scene 18?

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

6. Why does Sade feel the need to write horrific stories of aristocrats while in the Bastille?

7. What recommendation does Coulmier make to Sade and the assembled actors at the end of Scene 6?

8. How does the Herald characterize Sade?

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

10. What is the state of Marat's health in Scene 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The portrait of Napoleon looms above the playing space through the entirety of The Marat/Sade. What does this symbol represent in the world of the play? What is Sade's attitude toward this totalitarian figure? Are there other figures onstage that represent Napoleon's power, and what is their role in the play? Write an essay on the above prompts.

Essay Topic 3

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

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