Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. With what people did the novel originate?
2. According to Klossowski, what philosopher opposed the sufferings of the innocent?
3. What name is given to "any work of imagination fashioned from the most uncommon adventures which men experience in the course of their lives"?
4. Who mistreated a poor family and then called for his own punishment by whipping?
5. Who were the first novelists in Europe where "we dwell today"?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did Villeterque state that he would only address one of the questions that Sade posed in "Reflections on the Novel"?
2. What was the description of Sade from March 1793?
3. In a short summary, what happens during the action of Duclos' story?
4. According to Sade, how did Villeterque use "out of context isolated phrases"?
5. Who assumes the task of the storytelling in December?
6. What did Sade say that Voltaire did when he wrote?
7. Describe Mademoiselle de Florville.
8. In what way did Klossowski believe that Sade looked at man as a competitor of Nature?
9. What are the facts regarding the 150 Criminal Passions?
10. When "the story opens," what are the circumstances surrounding Saunders?
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?
In an age where technology reigns supreme, people are mystified and obsessed with criminals. This is evidenced by television shows which feature serial killers and movies that are meant to disgust and frighten. Do you think that society is ready for Sade? Why/Why not?
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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