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. In what year is The Marat/Sade set?

2. At the end of Scene 5, the Herald announces that unrest has been replace by what?

3. In Marat's Liturgy, which of the following is not a group that he accuses of lying to the poor?

4. In what French town is the play's asylum located?

5. In Marat's rant in Scene 9, where does he say the Parisian hypocrites where the crown?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In what way does Coulmier claim the bathouse is a particularly appropriate setting for Sade's play?

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

5. What is the role of the audience in the play?

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

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

8. How does the Herald characterize Sade?

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

10. What is Corday's primary fear regarding the revolution?

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

Sade spends much time in the play debating Marat's philosophy, but the ostensible subject of the play-within-the-play is his murder. Write an essay detailing Sade's attitude toward the murder. Does he believe it is a good thing for France? Does he believe Charlotte Corday had a cogent vision for France? Though the prompt requires conjecture, use evidence from the text to defend your position.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the worldview of Duperret and Corday. What do they describe as their ideal nation? How does the Paris of 1793 represent everything that both detest about social engineering? Why do you think this leads Charlotte Corday to take violent action but not Duperret?

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