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. The purpose of Nature is ___________.

2. What do biographers fail to present in regard to Sade?

3. How old was Florville when Saint-Agne proposed to her?

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

5. What kind of life did Florville live, according to a former colleague of Courval's?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Villeterque state that Sade held "erroneous opinions"?

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

3. Why did Sade state that he did not want to make vice attractive in his writings?

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

5. According to Pierre Klossowski, why could God be viewed as "the original guilty party"?

6. Describe Mademoiselle de Florville.

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

8. Why did man write novels?

9. Why is Courval considering remarrying?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although Sade was an atheist, do you think that he believed himself to be "god-like" or divine? What qualities did he show that would cause one to believe that Sade carried himself like a god? Or, do you believe that Sade thought himself to be simply mortal? Why?

Essay Topic 2

While it is a fact that Sade's writing was banned for close to 170 years in France, it was also banned in England and the United States. Why do you think that the ban was lifted on the text? What about the text did some find worthy of lifting the ban? Would you have lifted the ban? Why/Why not?

Essay Topic 3

Many ancient cultures, dating back over 4,000 years, boasted very sexual imagery. Some of the imagery was very perverse in nature. While perverse, the desire for such imagery remained among many of the great cultures. Based upon this, do you believe that Sade's writings had a place in his own culture? Why/Why not? Why do you think that writings, such as Sade's, were desired among the great societies of the world?

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