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. The song in Scene 10 details Corday's arrival in what town?

2. What actions are the Male Nurses performing at the top of the play?

3. What historical figure did Damiens try to assassinate?

4. Which of the following characters is not one of the Singers?

5. What is the basis for all life, according to Sade's works?

Short Essay Questions

1. How doe Marat and Sade differ in their attitudes toward violent action?

2. What are Marat's grievances in his imaginary session with the imaginary National Assembly of Scene 27?

3. What historical events have occurred in France in the four years prior to the events of the play-within-the-play?

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

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

6. Why does Sade feel the need to write horrific stories of aristocrats while in the Bastille?

7. In Scene 28, how do the Singers tell Marat he could avoid his death?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the central argument between Sade and Marat. How do they different in regard to the right of private property? The violent overthrow of the aristocracy? The role of the middle class? Does the fact that Sade has written the role of Marat give him an unfair advantage in their dialectical debates?

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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