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. 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

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

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 3

Write an essay about the worldview of Duperret and Corday. What do they describe as their ideal nation? How does the Paris of 1793 represent everything that both detest about social engineering? Why do you think this leads Charlotte Corday to take violent action but not Duperret?

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