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 part of Marat's body does Corday she wants to see sweat as she draws her knife?

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

3. Which of the following groups is not one lambasted by the singers of Scene 5?

4. In Scene 12, Marat accuses Sade of lacking what?

5. With what term does Sade describe the execution of Damiens?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the cast indicate the beginning of performance in Scene 3?

3. Besides Coulmier, who interrupts the action of the play in this section?

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

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

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

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

8. Why is Marat particularly outraged by aristocratic revulsion at the executions?

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

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

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

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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