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. In Marat's Liturgy, which of the following is not a group that he accuses of lying to the poor?

2. According to Marat in Scene 11, where did the aristocrats allow the poor to die slowly?

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

4. To what does the Herald compare Marat's skin in Scene 4?

5. Which world does Roux utter in Scene 4 before being shushed by Coulmier?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the Herald characterize Sade?

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

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

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

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

7. What satirical argument does Sade make about the aristocracy at the end of this section?

8. Describe the argument Sade and Marat have regarding compassion.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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