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?
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?
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?
Write an essay about the worldview of Duperret and Corday. What do they describe as their ideal nation? How does the Paris of 1793 represent everything that both detest about social engineering? Why do you think this leads Charlotte Corday to take violent action but not Duperret?
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