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 are the children fighting over in the streets, according to Corday?

2. What do the assembled inmates do in Scene 3?

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

4. Which character's name does the Chorus chant in unison during Scene 7?

5. What abstract purveyor of death does Sade say he hates in Scene 12?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What viewpoint of the world does Sade espouse to Marat in Scene Scene 30?

3. Describe the events related in Scene 31.

4. What horrors does Corday witness in Scene 10?

5. To what extent are Coulmier's fears throughout the play well-founded?

6. How does the Herald set the scene at the end of Scene 4?

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

8. What does Sade say in Scene 24 to appease Coulmier?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Marat/Sade, Peter Weiss creates a compelling dynamic for his cast: many of his cast members are mentally disturbed, and their psychological infirmities affect their roles in the play-within-the-play. Write an essay on this dynamic in three parts:

Part 1) What is the infirmity of the actor playing Marat? How does this infirmity make him particularly appropriate for the role? How does this infirmity limit his movement on the stage?

Part 2) What is Charlotte Corday's ailment? How does this affect her ability to play her role in the play-within-the-play? How do the other characters onstage interact with her?

Part 3) What is Duperret's mental infirmity? How does this affect his interaction with Corday? How does the Herald deal with him in his scene's with Corday?

Essay Topic 2

The Marat/Sade is an inherently grotesque piece. It lingers in the dark, violent, and perverse places of human experience. Write an essay about Weiss's use of the grotesque in the play. How do the inmates, Sade, and the time period of the play-within-the-play reflect the grotesque? What is Weiss calling horrific in nature? Subjugation? Revolution? Life in general?

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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