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 language was a mixture of Celtic and Latin?

2. Who were the first novelists in Europe where "we dwell today"?

3. How many questions did Villeterque say that Sade had raised in "Reflections on the Novel"?

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

5. The purpose of Nature is ___________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Courval considering remarrying?

4. Where did Sade believe that the original and eternal Nature existed?

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

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

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

8. What did Sade say that Voltaire did when he wrote?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Must We Burn Sade?" Simone de Beauvior stated that he believed that Sade's hatred of his mother was "the key to his life and work." What do you believe this to mean? Given that not much is known about Sade's life as a child, what could one assume that Sade's hatred for his mother was based upon? (Hint: Freud is mentioned in this section. What would Freud say?)

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

While it is a fact that Sade's writing was banned for close to 170 years in France, it was also banned in England and the United States. Why do you think that the ban was lifted on the text? What about the text did some find worthy of lifting the ban? Would you have lifted the ban? Why/Why not?

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