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. Who does Coulmier thank at the beginning of his speech in Scene 2?

2. From what affliction does the actress playing Corday suffer?

3. With what term does Sade describe the execution of Damiens?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. To what extent are Coulmier's fears throughout the play well-founded?

2. Who is present on behalf of the asylum to oversee the Patients?

3. What viewpoint of the world does Sade espouse to Marat in Scene Scene 30?

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

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

6. What false story does Corday deliver in her first visit to Marat's lodging?

7. Besides Coulmier, who interrupts the action of the play in this section?

8. What is Sade's ultimate attitude toward Marat?

9. In what way does Coulmier claim the bathouse is a particularly appropriate setting for Sade's play?

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 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?

Essay Topic 2

The portrait of Napoleon looms above the playing space through the entirety of The Marat/Sade. What does this symbol represent in the world of the play? What is Sade's attitude toward this totalitarian figure? Are there other figures onstage that represent Napoleon's power, and what is their role in the play? Write an essay on the above prompts.

Essay Topic 3

In the great debate between Sade and Mart, Sade's viewpoint is more complex and ambiguous. As an aristocrat turned Revolutionary turned voice for political apathy, his worldview is strange and inwardly focused. Write an essay on etymology of this viewpoint. Why did Sade join the Revolution, and why was he repelled by it? What does he view as most important in life? What is his attitude toward violence and its place in society?

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