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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Scene 27, which character accuses Marat of handing the country over to the lowest common denominator?
2. What does Marat demand be done with the seized farmland?
3. What is the name of the man to whom Marat dictates his calls to the people?
4. Which of the following is not something that Duperret accuses Mara of being in Scene 17?
5. As a judge in Revolutionary tribunals, what does Sade find himself unable to do?
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
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
This section contains 320 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)