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 was the only thing that Sade believed would fulfill his existence?

2. Villeterque wonders about the painting of scenes where crime reigns __________.

3. According to Sade, the truly honest man refuses to deal in ____________.

4. What name is given to "any work of imagination fashioned from the most uncommon adventures which men experience in the course of their lives"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the stage directions for Act Three?

2. What does the First Day entail?

3. What did Sade believe regarding motion?

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

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

6. What are the details surrounding Herman?

7. What does Courval do to find a new wife?

8. What was the progression of the novel throughout history?

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

10. What was Sade's last wish to be respected?

Essay 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

Why do you believe that the "Passions" moved from "complex" to "criminal" to "murderous"? What was the progression? What changed as the "Passions" progressed? Why do you believe the "Passions" changed?

Essay Topic 3

In "Must We Burn Sade?" Simone de Beauvior stated that he believed that Sade's hatred of his mother was "the key to his life and work." What do you believe this to mean? Given that not much is known about Sade's life as a child, what could one assume that Sade's hatred for his mother was based upon? (Hint: Freud is mentioned in this section. What would Freud say?)

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