The 120 Days of Sodom and Other Writings Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What "matter" does Courval state "concerns me not the least"?

2. How many things did Sade challenge Villeterque to do?

3. What did Sade call Villeterque during his response to him?

4. How many questions did Villeterque state he would "bother with"?

5. What kind of opinions does an author hold when they contradict their own views?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Duclos' story get interrupted on the First Day?

2. In what way did Klossowski believe that Sade looked at man as a competitor of Nature?

3. What main concerns does Fabrice have regarding Oxtiern's relationship with Ernestine?

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

5. What do Sade's admirers admit about Sade's work?

6. What did the writings of Crebillion speak about?

7. What did Sade believe regarding motion?

8. What do the "four libertines" do to strengthen their ties?

9. What are the facts regarding the 150 Murderous Passions?

10. Why do Oxtiern and Madame Scholtz scheme to keep Ernestine and Herman apart?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do you believe Sade would be looked upon as a writer today versus the way that he was regarded in the late 1700's? Are there certain aspects of his writing that would been seen as completely acceptable today, but were not accepted at all during the late 1700's? Is there material in Sade's writing that still would be considered "criminal" today?

Essay Topic 2

In an age where technology reigns supreme, people are mystified and obsessed with criminals. This is evidenced by television shows which feature serial killers and movies that are meant to disgust and frighten. Do you think that society is ready for Sade? Why/Why not?

Essay Topic 3

Why do you believe that Sade found it necessary to describe his characters from "120 Days of Sodom" in such depth? What did the depth of the description do for you as a reader? Did the description cause you to feel differently about the character than if they were not described in such depth? Why? What do you think a more "lacking" description would have done for you as a reader?

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