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 do biographers fail to present in regard to Sade?

2. What was the first thing that Sade did when society "quickly seized upon Sade's secret and classified it as a crime"?

3. What is Courval's income, as noted by Sade?

4. Whom did Klossowski quote about "original sin"?

5. What character did Beauvoir claim had been created as a projection of Sade himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Sade believe regarding motion?

2. Why did man write novels?

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

4. According to Beauvoir, what did Sade fear?

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

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

7. What did Klossowski state that Sade believed regarding "Nature in a state of perpetual motion"?

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 Sade say that Voltaire did when he wrote?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Based upon the historical acceptance of sexual deviancy, do you believe that the actions of the men in "120 Days of Sodom" were criminal? Why/Why not? (Note: Research the historical acceptance of the sexual actions described in the text before you begin your essay.) When were specific acts considered criminal? Which actions were always considered criminal? Which actions were allowed in certain times in history? Were some actions not necessarily allowed, but looked upon as acceptable as long as no one knew of them?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the character of Oxtiern in the play "Oxtiern" and in the story "Ernestine." How are the depictions similar? How are they different? Which Oxtiern did you find more offensive? Why?

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