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 Voltaire's purpose in writing?

2. Villeterque accused Rousseau, Voltaire, Marmontel, Fielding, and Richardson of "painting" ____________.

3. How much did Florville receive from her adoptive mother upon her death?

4. Who taught Florville to live a virtuous life?

5. Where did Florville go to give birth?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mademoiselle de Florville.

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

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

4. Why did man write novels?

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

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

7. According to Beauvoir, what did Sade fear?

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

9. Why did Villeterque state that Sade held "erroneous opinions"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Why do you believe that the "Passions" moved from "complex" to "criminal" to "murderous"? What was the progression? What changed as the "Passions" progressed? Why do you believe the "Passions" changed?

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