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. With what adjective does Coulmier describe the keepers of the asylum in Scene 2?

2. What action is Simone performing at the beginning of Scene 3?

3. What actions are the Male Nurses performing at the top of the play?

4. What right's inclusion in the Revolution's declaration does Marat lament at the end of Scene 15?

5. How old is Marat when the events of the play begin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Sade's ultimate attitude toward Marat?

3. How does Coulmier characterize the asylum in Scene 2?

4. How does Corday's sickness affect her performance?

5. What horrors does Corday witness in Scene 10?

6. Why is Marat particularly outraged by aristocratic revulsion at the executions?

7. What are Sade's expectations of the Revolution, and are they realized?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Focusing on the final scene of Act 1, The Faces of Marat, write an essay profiling the life and ambitions of Jean-Paul Marat. How do his past reflect the desires and passions of his Revolutionary period? Who does he consider his enemies? Who, his allies? Feel free to cite examples beyond the central scene to explain his later beliefs and doubts.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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