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

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

3. To what does the Herald compare Marat's skin in Scene 4?

4. Who is attending Corday in the first scene of the play?

5. Which character's name does the Heral mention appearing on Marat's black list in Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the unrest begin in the Epilogue?

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

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

4. Describe the events related in Scene 31.

5. What interrupts the murder of Marat in Scene 31?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Marat/Sade is an inherently grotesque piece. It lingers in the dark, violent, and perverse places of human experience. Write an essay about Weiss's use of the grotesque in the play. How do the inmates, Sade, and the time period of the play-within-the-play reflect the grotesque? What is Weiss calling horrific in nature? Subjugation? Revolution? Life in general?

Essay Topic 2

In The Marat/Sade, several characters dominate the proceeding without ever speaking a line. These figures represent a authority int he play. How does their appearance reflect something more gentle than their function? What is their function within the role of the bathhouse? How is their true nature revealed in the final moments of the play?

Part 1) The male nurses

Part 2) The sisters

Part 3) Coulmier's family

Essay Topic 3

In Weiss's play, sex and violence are intertwined in a way such that one cannot exist without the other. Write an essay on this inextricable link, focusing on these three points:

Part 1) How does Charlotte Corday represent the perfect balance of sexuality and destruction? How does her plan to murder Marat hinge on her sexual allure? How does her religious fervor play to both of these attributes?

Part 2) The Marquis de Sade was infamous for his linking of sex and violence in his writing. How does the Sade of Weiss's play explain this fascination? What is his attitude to either sex or violence individually?

Part 3) Focusing on Sade's speech to Marat before Corday's third visit, discuss both sex and violence as driving forces both in the play and the play-within-the play.

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