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 cell was Sade kept while at Vincennes prison?

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

3. Who engineered Sade's escape form Miolans?

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

5. What writer loathed Sade and referred to him as "monster author"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Courval do to find a new wife?

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

5. Why is Courval considering remarrying?

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

7. What did the writings of Crebillion speak about?

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

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

10. What was the progression of the novel throughout history?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Must we burn Sade? What do you think? Upon finding your answer, be sure to create an argument strong enough to try to sway others. Do we burn him? Why? What has he done to deserve this? Why not? How are his works worthy of praise and not punishment?

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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