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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. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Interruptions are common throughout the Marat/Sade. The play-within-the-plsy is stopped several times int he middle of the action. Write an essay about these interruptions:

Part 1) Coulmier is the character that most often interrupts the action of Sade's play. What are his concerns and grievances? How are they received by the actors and Sade? Are these concerns well-founded?

Part 2) Which inmates interrupt the performance? Why dot hey do so, and how do these unexpected interruptions reflect something essential about the action onstage? What effect do they create?

Part 3) There is one planned interruption in the play-within-the-play, right before the death of Marat. Why does Sade include this interruption? How is it intended to inform the action of the final moments of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the topic of absolute power. Marat is offered it over the course of the play, but he refuses it. Duperret and Corday fear he will become dictator. The play itself takes place in the shadow of Napoleon. Does Weiss believe that all power corrupts? Is he implying that Marat might have been an exception?

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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