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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. Where did Florville go to give birth?

2. What year did both Maurice Heine and Gilbert Lely give as the birth year of Sade "the writer"?

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

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 do biographers fail to present in regard to Sade?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the Duc require of Curval if he is to allow Curval to marry his daughter Julie?

4. Who assumes the task of the storytelling in December?

5. What did the introduction of "Oxtiern" state about the play?

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

7. What are the stage directions for Act Three?

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

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

10. What does the "arranger" believe will not please Courval about Florville's conduct?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?)

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

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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