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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. In Scene 5, Kokol quips to Marat that Paris facing a shortage of what?
2. According to Marat, what does one see everywhere one looks in 1793?
3. According to Marat in Scene 11, where did the aristocrats allow the poor to die slowly?
4. What character enters in the first scene at Sade beckon?
5. In what room of the asylum does the play take place?
Short Essay Questions
1. What recommendation does Duperret make to Corday in Scene 17?
2. In what way does Coulmier claim the bathouse is a particularly appropriate setting for Sade's play?
3. Describe Corday and Duperret's interchange in Scene 29.
4. How does the Herald set the scene at the end of Scene 4?
5. What is Sade's ultimate attitude toward Marat?
6. In 1793, what is the common people's attitude toward the new ruling class in France?
7. How does Coulmier characterize the asylum in Scene 2?
8. What horrors does Corday witness in Scene 10?
9. What is the execution of Damiens and what does it signify to Sade?
10. What are Marat's grievances in his imaginary session with the imaginary National Assembly of Scene 27?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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
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 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.
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