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. According to Beauvoir, what did Sade long for?

2. What did Sade believe Villeterque's insults were "dictated by"?

3. According to Beauvoir, what did Sade come to know at an early age?

4. What kind of feeling did Villeterque state that he had while reading Sade's work?

5. Villeterque accused Rousseau, Voltaire, Marmontel, Fielding, and Richardson of "painting" ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What did the writings of Crebillion speak about?

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

7. Why did man write novels?

8. In what way did Klossowski believe that Sade looked at man as a competitor of Nature?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Write a critical analysis on Sade's texts. Focus on the material that both critics (included in the text) focused upon. Do you agree with their thoughts? Why? Do you disagree with their thoughts? Why?

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