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

2. What aspect of Charlotte Corday does the Herald apologize to the audience for mentioning?

3. According to Sade at the beginning of Scene 15, what we do is the shadow of what?

4. To what does Sade compare Marat's bath in Scene 15?

5. What is Coulmier's official position?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What recommendation does Coulmier make to Sade and the assembled actors at the end of Scene 6?

5. What horrors does Corday witness in Scene 10?

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

7. In Scene 28, how do the Singers tell Marat he could avoid his death?

8. How does the cast indicate the beginning of performance in Scene 3?

9. What are Sade's expectations of the Revolution, and are they realized?

10. Describe the setting of the play.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the central argument between Sade and Marat. How do they different in regard to the right of private property? The violent overthrow of the aristocracy? The role of the middle class? Does the fact that Sade has written the role of Marat give him an unfair advantage in their dialectical debates?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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