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. Who engineered Sade's escape form Miolans?

2. What did Sade accuse Villeterque of quoting?

3. What kind of life did Florville live, according to a former colleague of Courval's?

4. What did Sade state that "I have never written"?

5. Who ordered a mistress of a brothel to stop giving women to Sade?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did Sade believe regarding motion?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

While it is a fact that Sade's writing was banned for close to 170 years in France, it was also banned in England and the United States. Why do you think that the ban was lifted on the text? What about the text did some find worthy of lifting the ban? Would you have lifted the ban? Why/Why not?

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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