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. What is Courval's income, as noted by Sade?

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

4. Who taught Florville to live a virtuous life?

5. How many children does Courval have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why did man write novels?

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

9. What were Sade's beliefs about giving the title of "novel" to a written 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

Women have fought over Sade's writing. Angela Carter ("The Sadeian Woman: And the Ideology of Pornography" (1979)) believed Sade to be a "moral pornographer." Andrea Dworkin ("Pornography: Men Possessing Women" (1979)) saw Sade as the model of the "woman-hating pornographer." With whom do you agree? Did Sade hate women, or did he create a "special place" for women in the lives of men?

Essay Topic 2

Write a critical analysis on Sade's texts. Focus on the material that both critics (included in the text) focused upon. Do you agree with their thoughts? Why? Do you disagree with their thoughts? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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