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. Who stops Corday from prematurely murdering Marat in Scene 9?

3. How many times does the Herald knock his staff at the beginning of Scene 3?

4. What item does Corday want to buy after arriving into town in Scene 10?

5. What does the Herald people are in 1808 that they were not in 1793?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Coulmier stop the play in Scene 6?

7. Describe Jacques Roux.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sade spends much time in the play debating Marat's philosophy, but the ostensible subject of the play-within-the-play is his murder. Write an essay detailing Sade's attitude toward the murder. Does he believe it is a good thing for France? Does he believe Charlotte Corday had a cogent vision for France? Though the prompt requires conjecture, use evidence from the text to defend your position.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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