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 year did both Maurice Heine and Gilbert Lely give as the birth year of Sade "the writer"?

2. Where does Courval spend most of his time?

3. Which author did Sade supposedly ignore because of his jealousy regarding the individual's success as a writer?

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

5. What did Sade call Villeterque at the opening of his reply to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Duclos continues her story on the First Day, what questions does Duc have regarding the story?

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

3. What are the facts regarding the 150 Complex Passions?

4. What were the pairings of the "four libertines"?

5. What are the stage directions for Act Three?

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

7. Why does Duclos' story get interrupted on the First Day?

8. Why does Herman want to wait to marry?

9. Describe Mademoiselle de Florville.

10. What did the writings of Crebillion speak about?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Do you agree with Villeterque's point of view on Sade's writings? Why/Why not? With what part of his statements do you agree? Why? With what part of his statements do you disagree? Why?

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

Why do you believe that Sade found it necessary to describe his characters from "120 Days of Sodom" in such depth? What did the depth of the description do for you as a reader? Did the description cause you to feel differently about the character than if they were not described in such depth? Why? What do you think a more "lacking" description would have done for you as a reader?

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