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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who separates Duperrat and Corday when the former begins to molest the latter?
2. Which character does not sing at all during the play?
3. In the Singers' Scene 21 song, what has just been destroyed?
4. Which of the following items is not something Marat blindly seeks in his fever at the beginning of Scene 21?
5. How do the Singers say they will impart the words they cannot speak freely?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
In Weiss's play, sex and violence are intertwined in a way such that one cannot exist without the other. Write an essay on this inextricable link, focusing on these three points:
Part 1) How does Charlotte Corday represent the perfect balance of sexuality and destruction? How does her plan to murder Marat hinge on her sexual allure? How does her religious fervor play to both of these attributes?
Part 2) The Marquis de Sade was infamous for his linking of sex and violence in his writing. How does the Sade of Weiss's play explain this fascination? What is his attitude to either sex or violence individually?
Part 3) Focusing on Sade's speech to Marat before Corday's third visit, discuss both sex and violence as driving forces both in the play and the play-within-the play.
Essay Topic 3
Much of the dialogue in The Marat/Sade focuses on the link between theory and violent action. Write an essay about his link, focusing on the two dominant symbols of each. How are they connected? What responsibility doe the author seem to imply the theorist has regarding the enacting of his ideas?
Part 1 ) Marat's quill and paper
Part 2) The guillotine
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