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. According to the Herald, what do Marat and Simone share in addition to a vision of France?

2. Who accompanies Marat at his static position at the beginning of the play?

3. What part of Marat's body does Corday she wants to see sweat as she draws her knife?

4. At the end of Scene 11, where does Corday imagine she is?

5. At the beginning of Scene 8, what does Simone implore Marat to stop doing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Scene 8, how does Marat explain that the expectations of the Revolution proved faulty?

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

5. What satirical argument does Sade make about the aristocracy at the end of this section?

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

7. What is the state of Marat's health in Scene 7?

8. How do the actors' mental afflictions affect their performances?

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

10. Describe Corday and Duperret's interchange in Scene 29.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Because The Marat/Sade consists of a play within a large play, the role of the audience is more ambiguous in the play than in a more traditional piece. Write an essay about this role, in three parts:

Part 1) Describe the audience that would have attended a Charenton performance in 1808. What is their social status? Why would they be in attendance? What is the purpose of the performance?

Part 2) Consider the subject matter of Sade's play from the point-of-view of the average 1808 audience member. What would their memories of the Revolution be? How would they feel, by and large, about Napoleon's France?

Part 3) Is the modern-day audience, to some extent, a participant in The Marat/Sade? How do the inmates fell of about their 1808 spectators, and how does the modern audience fill in for these spectators?

Essay Topic 3

The Church is regarded with disdain by nearly everyone in The Marat/Sade. It is viewed as a useless institution at best and a perpetrator of oppression at worst. Write an essay about he place of the church in the play. How do Roux, Marat, and the ranting former abbot refer it it? Does Coulmier make any sort of compelling defense of it?

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