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. Whom did Klossowski quote about "original sin"?

2. Villeterque accused Sade of portraying villains who were _________.

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

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

5. According to Sade, man is prey to what two weaknesses?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Florville require of Courval before she will agree to marry him?

4. What was the description of Sade from March 1793?

5. What did Klossowski quote from "The 120 Days of Sodom" regarding happiness?

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

7. What did Sade say about the effect that "insults directed by jealousy" had on a "man of letters"?

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

9. Why is Courval considering remarrying?

10. What did Sade state about Vileterque's response to "Les Crimes de l'Amour"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Must we burn Sade? What do you think? Upon finding your answer, be sure to create an argument strong enough to try to sway others. Do we burn him? Why? What has he done to deserve this? Why not? How are his works worthy of praise and not punishment?

Essay Topic 2

Do you believe that Sade's writings were pornographic? Or, did he go beyond pornographic for you (as a reader)? Were there specific actions that you would consider "going a little too far"? Or, do you believe that Sade went just far enough?

Essay Topic 3

Based upon the historical acceptance of sexual deviancy, do you believe that the actions of the men in "120 Days of Sodom" were criminal? Why/Why not? (Note: Research the historical acceptance of the sexual actions described in the text before you begin your essay.) When were specific acts considered criminal? Which actions were always considered criminal? Which actions were allowed in certain times in history? Were some actions not necessarily allowed, but looked upon as acceptable as long as no one knew of them?

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