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. Villeterque accused Rousseau, Voltaire, Marmontel, Fielding, and Richardson of saying that the way to happiness was _______________.

2. Who taught Florville to live a virtuous life?

3. How old was Florville when she had a child that died?

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

5. To what Roman goddess does Courval compare Florville?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What two things does the "arranger" believe Florville has that count against her?

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

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

6. Describe Mademoiselle de Florville.

7. According to Beauvoir, what did Sade fear?

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

9. According to Sade, how did Villeterque use "out of context isolated phrases"?

10. What did the writings of Crebillion speak about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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