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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What "matter" does Courval state "concerns me not the least"?
(a) Her modesty.
(b) Her religion.
(c) Her sin.
(d) Her birth.

2. What kind of life did Florville live, according to a former colleague of Courval's?
(a) A secluded life.
(b) A libertine life.
(c) A sad life.
(d) An charmed life.

3. At the end of his review, what did Villeterque say would happen to Rousseau, Voltaire, Marmontel, Fielding, and Richardson?
(a) They would be "read no more."
(b) They would "be revered."
(c) They would "be found guilty of their crimes."
(d) They would "be exhaulted."

4. During the storming of the Bastille, how many volumes of Sade's library were looted?
(a) 86.
(b) 780.
(c) 200.
(d) 600.

5. What did Sade believe existed outside of the three kingdoms of species and creatures?
(a) An original and eternal Nature.
(b) God.
(c) Sin.
(d) Man.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Florville during the action of the story?

2. What was the first thing that Sade did when society "quickly seized upon Sade's secret and classified it as a crime"?

3. To what Roman goddess does Courval compare Florville?

4. In what year was the Bastille stormed?

5. Who were the first novelists in Europe where "we dwell today"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Courval considering remarrying?

2. Through what "relationship" does Sade "compel our attention"?

3. What did the writings of Crebillion speak about?

4. What was the contradiction that Villeterque set up regarding glory, virtue, and villainy?

5. Where did Sade believe that the original and eternal Nature existed?

6. What were Sade's beliefs about giving the title of "novel" to a written work?

7. Why did Villeterque state that he would only address one of the questions that Sade posed in "Reflections on the Novel"?

8. According to Sade, how did Villeterque use "out of context isolated phrases"?

9. What two things does the "arranger" believe Florville has that count against her?

10. Describe Mademoiselle de Florville.

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