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 aspect of Charlotte Corday does the Herald apologize to the audience for mentioning?

2. According to the Herald at the beginning of Scene 7, to what voice is Marat listening as he writes?

3. According to Sade at the end of Scene 11, from what does the guillotine deliver its victims?

4. Which of Dupperet's articles of clothing is mentioned by the Herald in Scene 4?

5. Which of the following is not a term hurled at the poor when a shop is looted?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In 1793, what is the common people's attitude toward the new ruling class in France?

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

5. Explain the message of the song Poor Old Marat in Scene 21.

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

7. What point about social status does the Herald make when he introduces the Singers?

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

9. Describe Jacques Roux.

10. In Scene 28, how do the Singers tell Marat he could avoid his death?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The Marat/Sade is a carefully constructed argument among various viewpoints that ends in utter chaos. Write an essay analyzing the meaning behind the final moment of the play. Does it seem out of place with what came before? Do you think it solves any of the lingering quandaries left by the debate? Cite arguments from the play's text as corroboration.

Essay Topic 3

In the play-within-the-play, Sade has created a sort of spectrum from far-left (Roux) to the far-right (Corday). Where do all the major players in this play fall on this spectrum? What does each extreme of this spectrum want regarding France? What is its ideal society? Does Sade present both as equally dangerous in the play?

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