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Marat / Sade Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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?

Because The Marat/Sade consists of a play within a large play, the role of the audience is more ambiguous in the play than in a more traditional piece. Write an essay about this role, in three parts:

Part 1) Describe the audience that would have attended a Charenton performance in 1808. What is their social status? Why would they be in attendance? What is the purpose of the performance?

Part 2) Consider the subject matter of Sade's play from the point-of-view of the average 1808 audience member. What would their memories of the Revolution be? How would they feel, by and large, about Napoleon's France?

Part 3) Is the modern-day audience, to some extent, a participant in The Marat/Sade? How do the inmates fell of about their 1808 spectators, and how does the modern audience fill in for these spectators?

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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