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 two animals do the singers invoke to describe Marat in Scene 5?

2. What aspect of Charlotte Corday does the Herald apologize to the audience for mentioning?

3. According to Sade at the end of Scene 11, from what does the guillotine deliver its victims?

4. What object is Marat staring at as he writes at the beginning of Scene 7?

5. In what year is The Marat/Sade set?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the execution of Damiens and what does it signify to Sade?

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

3. What false story does Corday deliver in her first visit to Marat's lodging?

4. How does Corday prepare to murder Marat in Scene 10?

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

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

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

8. How does Duperret's affliction affect his performance in Scene 17?

9. What are Marat's grievances in his imaginary session with the imaginary National Assembly of Scene 27?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Marat/Sade is a carefully constructed argument among various viewpoints that ends in utter chaos. Write an essay analyzing the meaning behind the final moment of the play. Does it seem out of place with what came before? Do you think it solves any of the lingering quandaries left by the debate? Cite arguments from the play's text as corroboration.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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