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. According to Klossowski, what philosopher opposed the sufferings of the innocent?

2. When does Nature find man "wrong"?

3. According to Freud, what is "the life instinct"?

4. What did Sade believe Villeterque's insults were "dictated by"?

5. At the opening of "Florville and Courval," how old is Courval?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mademoiselle de Florville.

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

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

4. Why did man write novels?

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

6. What did the writings of Crebillion speak about?

7. According to Beauvoir, what was Sade like at the age of twenty-three?

8. What did Sade say that Voltaire did when he wrote?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you agree with Villeterque's point of view on Sade's writings? Why/Why not? With what part of his statements do you agree? Why? With what part of his statements do you disagree? Why?

Essay Topic 2

How did you find yourself reacting to the text as you read it? What were your concerns? Did you believe that you were prepared to read the text and find that you were, in fact, not? Or, did you find that you were more than prepared for the material presented in the text because of the more lax societal views on sexual "deviancy" today?

Essay Topic 3

In your opinion, was Duc, the Bishop, the President de Curval, or Durcet the most deviant character? Which character do you believe to be the least deviant? Why? Use textual evidence to support your answer.

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