Marat / Sade Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following items is not something Marat blindly seeks in his fever at the beginning of Scene 21?

2. In Scene 18, for what group does Marat say the Revolution was fought?

3. Why do the people love Marat, according to Sade in the beginning of Scene 20?

4. Who separates Duperrat and Corday when the former begins to molest the latter?

5. What does Sade want remembered about himself after his death?

Essay 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 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

The Church is regarded with disdain by nearly everyone in The Marat/Sade. It is viewed as a useless institution at best and a perpetrator of oppression at worst. Write an essay about he place of the church in the play. How do Roux, Marat, and the ranting former abbot refer it it? Does Coulmier make any sort of compelling defense of it?

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