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 is the color of the dagger's handle in Scene 10?

2. What was Jacques Roux's former profession?

3. How many years has the Marquis de Sade been living at Charenton at the time of the play?

4. What apologia does Coulmier make in his Scene 2 speech?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Herald characterize Sade?

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

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

4. Describe Jacques Roux.

5. How does the cast indicate the beginning of performance in Scene 3?

6. How does the Herald describe Marat in Scene 4?

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

8. How does Duperret's affliction affect his performance in Scene 17?

9. What is the state of the Revolution in 1793, according to the Singers in Scene 5?

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

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

In the great debate between Sade and Mart, Sade's viewpoint is more complex and ambiguous. As an aristocrat turned Revolutionary turned voice for political apathy, his worldview is strange and inwardly focused. Write an essay on etymology of this viewpoint. Why did Sade join the Revolution, and why was he repelled by it? What does he view as most important in life? What is his attitude toward violence and its place in society?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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