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. Into what does Roux demand the churches of France be converted?

2. In Scene 23, what does Marat warn the rich will do the the poor at a moment's notice?

3. Which famous Revolutionary figure does Marat accuse of turning white at the mention of force?

4. In Scene 25, Which of the following roles is not one that Simone claims petitioners expect Marat to enact?

5. In Duperret's Scene 22 song, who is the only entity that man will be expected to obey in an ideal world?

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

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 3

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?

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