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. To what building does Corday compare Paris in Scene 10?

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

3. What mimic do the patients perform in the background of Scene 11?

4. What Holocaust term does Sade use in describing mankind's inclination to kill in Scene 12?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the Herald characterize Sade?

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

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

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

6. What recommendation does Duperret make to Corday in Scene 17?

7. How does the Herald calm Coulmier in Scene 11?

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

9. Why is Coulmier outraged by Marat's Liturgy?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The theme of subjugation and captivity is pervasive in Weiss's play. Write an essay in three parts discussing the theme of captivity:

Part 1) How are the poor of 1793 constantly held in captivity? Who were their oppressors before the fall of the Bastille, and who have there oppressors become int he Revolutionary era? How does Marat decry both in the play?

Part 2) The story of Mart's death is performed by inmates in a mental asylum. How does the the life of the inmate reflect the life of the poor in 1793? In what way is the play-within-the-play an act of revolution against captivity?

Part 3) What is Sade's notion of captivity? How is it different from Marat's? What is the prison that every man inhabits in Sade's worldview?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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