Marat / Sade Test | 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. What are the fates of both Duperret and Corday after Marat's murder?

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

3. What affliction of Marat does the Schoolmaster mock in Scene 26?

4. Which of the following groups is not one that Coulmier interrupts the play to defend?

5. What affliction begins to show itself in Sade as he is whipped?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Marat/Sade is an inherently grotesque piece. It lingers in the dark, violent, and perverse places of human experience. Write an essay about Weiss's use of the grotesque in the play. How do the inmates, Sade, and the time period of the play-within-the-play reflect the grotesque? What is Weiss calling horrific in nature? Subjugation? Revolution? Life in general?

Essay Topic 2

Focusing on the final scene of Act 1, The Faces of Marat, write an essay profiling the life and ambitions of Jean-Paul Marat. How do his past reflect the desires and passions of his Revolutionary period? Who does he consider his enemies? Who, his allies? Feel free to cite examples beyond the central scene to explain his later beliefs and doubts.

Essay Topic 3

The portrait of Napoleon looms above the playing space through the entirety of The Marat/Sade. What does this symbol represent in the world of the play? What is Sade's attitude toward this totalitarian figure? Are there other figures onstage that represent Napoleon's power, and what is their role in the play? Write an essay on the above prompts.

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