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. Why did Beauvoir state that Sade "mistrusted everything and everybody"?

2. What was the only thing that Sade believed would fulfill his existence?

3. How many children does Courval have?

4. What does Courval's wife devote herself to after leaving him?

5. What did Sade "push to a point" where "it will be invested with the form of a truly transcendental fatalism"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. According to Beauvoir, what did Sade fear?

4. What was Sade's last wish to be respected?

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

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

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

8. Why did man write novels?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the character of Oxtiern in the play "Oxtiern" and in the story "Ernestine." How are the depictions similar? How are they different? Which Oxtiern did you find more offensive? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Many ancient cultures, dating back over 4,000 years, boasted very sexual imagery. Some of the imagery was very perverse in nature. While perverse, the desire for such imagery remained among many of the great cultures. Based upon this, do you believe that Sade's writings had a place in his own culture? Why/Why not? Why do you think that writings, such as Sade's, were desired among the great societies of the world?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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