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. According to Marat, what does one see everywhere one looks in 1793?

2. Who accompanies Coulmier when he enters the stage?

3. What part of the new ruling class's body is enormous, according to Kokol?

4. At the end of Scene 11, where does Corday imagine she is?

5. To what building does Corday compare Paris in Scene 10?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How has the role of Jacques Roux been changed by Coulmier?

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

4. What paradox regarding Marat's calls to the Nation does Sade point out in Scene 28?

5. What horrors does Corday witness in Scene 10?

6. How do the actors' mental afflictions affect their performances?

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

8. Why is Coulmier outraged by Marat's Liturgy?

9. How does Roux respond to Marat in Scene 26?

10. Describe the world that Corday and Duperret describe in Scene 22.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the central argument between Sade and Marat. How do they different in regard to the right of private property? The violent overthrow of the aristocracy? The role of the middle class? Does the fact that Sade has written the role of Marat give him an unfair advantage in their dialectical debates?

Essay Topic 2

Interruptions are common throughout the Marat/Sade. The play-within-the-plsy is stopped several times int he middle of the action. Write an essay about these interruptions:

Part 1) Coulmier is the character that most often interrupts the action of Sade's play. What are his concerns and grievances? How are they received by the actors and Sade? Are these concerns well-founded?

Part 2) Which inmates interrupt the performance? Why dot hey do so, and how do these unexpected interruptions reflect something essential about the action onstage? What effect do they create?

Part 3) There is one planned interruption in the play-within-the-play, right before the death of Marat. Why does Sade include this interruption? How is it intended to inform the action of the final moments of the play?

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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