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 right's inclusion in the Revolution's declaration does Marat lament at the end of Scene 15?

2. From what French town does Corday reside?

3. Which two animals do the singers invoke to describe Marat in Scene 5?

4. What are the children fighting over in the streets, according to Corday?

5. What was the former profession of the interrupting patient in Scene 14?

Short Essay Questions

1. What final points does Coulmier make in the Epilogue?

2. What point about social status does the Herald make when he introduces the Singers?

3. Describe the setting of the play.

4. How does Roux respond to Marat in Scene 26?

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

6. What recommendation does Duperret make to Corday in Scene 17?

7. How does Coulmier characterize the asylum in Scene 2?

8. Why is Coulmier outraged by Marat's Liturgy?

9. What historical events have occurred in France in the four years prior to the events of the play-within-the-play?

10. How does Corday prepare to murder Marat in Scene 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of the reactionary is a constant theme throughout the play. Write an essay about the revolutionary attitude toward those who wish to reverse the social changes recently made. For each character below, explain their attitude toward the Revolution as a whole, Marat in particular, and violence in general:

Part 1) Corday

Part 2) Sade

Part 3) Coulmier

Essay Topic 3

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?

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