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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 does Simone tell Corday to do when she sends her away in Scene 9?

2. How does Sade characterize the process by which Revolutionaries dole out death sentences?

3. From what French town does Corday reside?

4. Which woman in the cast serves as Marat's nurse?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What horrors does Corday witness in Scene 10?

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

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

4. Why is Marat particularly outraged by aristocratic revulsion at the executions?

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

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

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

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

9. What role does Marat imply he wants to play in France in Scene 27?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of the dialogue in The Marat/Sade focuses on the link between theory and violent action. Write an essay about his link, focusing on the two dominant symbols of each. How are they connected? What responsibility doe the author seem to imply the theorist has regarding the enacting of his ideas?

Part 1 ) Marat's quill and paper

Part 2) The guillotine

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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