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. In what year did Sade publish "Les Crimes de l'Amour"?

2. According to Sade, the Romans had the weaknesses of ________________.

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

4. What "matter" does Courval state "concerns me not the least"?

5. What did Sade "push to a point" where "it will be invested with the form of a truly transcendental fatalism"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mademoiselle de Florville.

2. When Duclos continues her story on the First Day, what questions does Duc have regarding the story?

3. What is special about the Friday parties?

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

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

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

7. Why does Herman want to wait to marry?

8. What did the writings of Crebillion speak about?

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

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

Essay 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

Do you believe that Sade appropriately defended himself in his response to Villeterque? In what ways did Sade appropriately defend himself? In what ways did he fail to defend himself? Do you believe that Sade wrote the best response that he could to Villeterque? 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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