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

2. Where does Corday tell Simone that Marat's enemies are gathering in Scene 9?

3. What disease's effects are the wigs described in Scene 10 intended to conceal?

4. What part of the new ruling class's body is enormous, according to Kokol?

5. According to Sade at the end of Scene 11, from what does the guillotine deliver its victims?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has the role of Jacques Roux been changed by Coulmier?

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

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

4. How does Duperret's affliction affect his performance in Scene 17?

5. What are Marat's grievances in his imaginary session with the imaginary National Assembly of Scene 27?

6. Why does Marat regret the inclusion of private property in the Declaration of Human Rights?

7. How does the Herald characterize Sade?

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

9. Describe Jacques Roux.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of subjugation and captivity is pervasive in Weiss's play. Write an essay in three parts discussing the theme of captivity:

Part 1) How are the poor of 1793 constantly held in captivity? Who were their oppressors before the fall of the Bastille, and who have there oppressors become int he Revolutionary era? How does Marat decry both in the play?

Part 2) The story of Mart's death is performed by inmates in a mental asylum. How does the the life of the inmate reflect the life of the poor in 1793? In what way is the play-within-the-play an act of revolution against captivity?

Part 3) What is Sade's notion of captivity? How is it different from Marat's? What is the prison that every man inhabits in Sade's worldview?

Essay Topic 2

Focusing on the final scene of Act 1, The Faces of Marat, write an essay profiling the life and ambitions of Jean-Paul Marat. How do his past reflect the desires and passions of his Revolutionary period? Who does he consider his enemies? Who, his allies? Feel free to cite examples beyond the central scene to explain his later beliefs and doubts.

Essay Topic 3

In the play-within-the-play, Sade has created a sort of spectrum from far-left (Roux) to the far-right (Corday). Where do all the major players in this play fall on this spectrum? What does each extreme of this spectrum want regarding France? What is its ideal society? Does Sade present both as equally dangerous in the play?

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