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 do the assembled inmates do in Scene 3?

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

3. What is the color of the dagger's handle in Scene 10?

4. Marat never moves from a certain location. What is that location?

5. In what French town is the play's asylum located?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way does Coulmier claim the bathouse is a particularly appropriate setting for Sade's play?

3. How doe Marat and Sade differ in their attitudes toward violent action?

4. How does the actress playing Corday nearly ruin the play in Scene 9?

5. Explain the message of the song Poor Old Marat in Scene 21.

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

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

8. What is the state of the Revolution in 1793, according to the Singers in Scene 5?

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

10. Who is present on behalf of the asylum to oversee the Patients?

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

Because The Marat/Sade consists of a play within a large play, the role of the audience is more ambiguous in the play than in a more traditional piece. Write an essay about this role, in three parts:

Part 1) Describe the audience that would have attended a Charenton performance in 1808. What is their social status? Why would they be in attendance? What is the purpose of the performance?

Part 2) Consider the subject matter of Sade's play from the point-of-view of the average 1808 audience member. What would their memories of the Revolution be? How would they feel, by and large, about Napoleon's France?

Part 3) Is the modern-day audience, to some extent, a participant in The Marat/Sade? How do the inmates fell of about their 1808 spectators, and how does the modern audience fill in for these spectators?

Essay Topic 3

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

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