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. Who is in charge of France at the end of the Interruptus narrative?

2. What does Coulmier invite the audience to do at the beginning of the Epilogue?

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

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

5. Which of the following is not something that Duperret accuses Mara of being in Scene 17?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Marat/Sade is a carefully constructed argument among various viewpoints that ends in utter chaos. Write an essay analyzing the meaning behind the final moment of the play. Does it seem out of place with what came before? Do you think it solves any of the lingering quandaries left by the debate? Cite arguments from the play's text as corroboration.

Essay Topic 2

In The Marat/Sade, several characters dominate the proceeding without ever speaking a line. These figures represent a authority int he play. How does their appearance reflect something more gentle than their function? What is their function within the role of the bathhouse? How is their true nature revealed in the final moments of the play?

Part 1) The male nurses

Part 2) The sisters

Part 3) Coulmier's family

Essay Topic 3

In the play-within-the-play, Sade has created a sort of spectrum from far-left (Roux) to the far-right (Corday). Where do all the major players in this play fall on this spectrum? What does each extreme of this spectrum want regarding France? What is its ideal society? Does Sade present both as equally dangerous in the play?

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