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 Scene 12, Marat accuses Sade of lacking what?

2. Where on her body does Corday carry her knife?

3. Which of the following is not an example Coulmier offers of the Church assisting the poor?

4. Who stops Corday from prematurely murdering Marat in Scene 9?

5. How old is Marat when the events of the play begin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Corday's sickness affect her performance?

8. How does the Herald characterize Sade?

9. What is Corday's primary fear regarding the revolution?

10. What is Sade's ultimate attitude toward Marat?

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

The Marat/Sade is a carefully constructed argument among various viewpoints that ends in utter chaos. Write an essay analyzing the meaning behind the final moment of the play. Does it seem out of place with what came before? Do you think it solves any of the lingering quandaries left by the debate? Cite arguments from the play's text as corroboration.

Essay Topic 3

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

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