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. How old is Florville during the action of the story?

2. The purpose of Nature is ___________.

3. Given that Beauvoir stated that he found no "hint of ambition" in Sade, what did Beauvoir state that he believed about Sade?

4. What did Sade call Villeterque during his response to him?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Mademoiselle de Florville.

4. Why did man write novels?

5. Why is Courval considering remarrying?

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

7. What does the "arranger" believe will not please Courval about Florville's conduct?

8. What was the progression of the novel throughout history?

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

10. What did Sade believe regarding motion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Given that all of the characters in "120 Days of Sodom" were at least 45 years of age, do you believe their "crimes" to be more horrendous than if they were younger men? Sade was 45 years old when "The 120 Days of Sodom" was published. Do you believe that Sade gave them all ages close to his own because the text paralleled his own life? Do you think that you would feel differently about the actions in the text if the men were younger and more "prone" to sexually deviant behaviors?

Essay Topic 3

Women have fought over Sade's writing. Angela Carter ("The Sadeian Woman: And the Ideology of Pornography" (1979)) believed Sade to be a "moral pornographer." Andrea Dworkin ("Pornography: Men Possessing Women" (1979)) saw Sade as the model of the "woman-hating pornographer." With whom do you agree? Did Sade hate women, or did he create a "special place" for women in the lives of men?

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