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. Where does Courval spend most of his time?

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 does Florville want to tell Courval before they marry?

4. When does Nature find man "wrong"?

5. In what year did Sade publish "Les Crimes de l'Amour"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did Sade state about Vileterque's response to "Les Crimes de l'Amour"?

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

5. What did Sade believe regarding motion?

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

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

8. What was the contradiction that Villeterque set up regarding glory, virtue, and villainy?

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

10. What did the writings of Crebillion speak about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

How do you believe Sade would be looked upon as a writer today versus the way that he was regarded in the late 1700's? Are there certain aspects of his writing that would been seen as completely acceptable today, but were not accepted at all during the late 1700's? Is there material in Sade's writing that still would be considered "criminal" today?

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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