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 novel did Sade say virtue was best rewarded?

2. In March of 1793, how old was Sade?

3. To what Roman goddess does Courval compare Florville?

4. How many things did Sade challenge Villeterque to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Oxtiern and Madame Scholtz scheme to keep Ernestine and Herman apart?

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

3. Why does Ernestine wish to marry Herman?

4. Why is Courval considering remarrying?

5. Why did Sade state that he did not want to make vice attractive in his writings?

6. What are the details surrounding Herman?

7. What are the stage directions for Act Three?

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

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

10. What is special about the Friday parties?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Given that all of the characters in "120 Days of Sodom" were at least 45 years of age, do you believe their "crimes" to be more horrendous than if they were younger men? Sade was 45 years old when "The 120 Days of Sodom" was published. Do you believe that Sade gave them all ages close to his own because the text paralleled his own life? Do you think that you would feel differently about the actions in the text if the men were younger and more "prone" to sexually deviant behaviors?

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