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. From what French town does Corday reside?

2. Which of Dupperet's articles of clothing is mentioned by the Herald in Scene 4?

3. In the beginning of Scene 6, a patient claims that all are free and equal to do what?

4. In Scene 13, what does Marat say is the essential lie the ruling class gave the poor?

5. How much does Corday pay for the dagger with which she will kill Marat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the topic of Corday's song in Scene 7?

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

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

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

6. What is the state of the Revolution in 1793, according to the Singers in Scene 5?

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

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

9. How does the Herald describe Marat in Scene 4?

10. What horrors does Corday witness in Scene 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The point-of-view of the play-within-the-play in The Marat/Sade is transitory in nature. Write an essay about the various points-of-view, focusing on the following three points:

Part 1) Most of the cast of Sade's play represent the poor of France, led in their songs by the four Singers. To what extent is the play told from the point-of-view of the common rabble? What is their position on the events of the play?

Part 2) How does the cadence and tone of the play-within-the-play change as Marat's mental state and health deteriorate? How is the play a chronicle of his final hours, his doubts, and his anger at the Establishment?

Part 3) To what extent is the play exclusively Sade's perspective on Marat's life and work? What is his position on the radical revolutionary, and how does he present this view in the play?

Essay Topic 3

Sade spends much time in the play debating Marat's philosophy, but the ostensible subject of the play-within-the-play is his murder. Write an essay detailing Sade's attitude toward the murder. Does he believe it is a good thing for France? Does he believe Charlotte Corday had a cogent vision for France? Though the prompt requires conjecture, use evidence from the text to defend your position.

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