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 writer loathed Sade and referred to him as "monster author"?

2. What kind of opinions does an author hold when they contradict their own views?

3. In what year was Sade imprisoned for debt?

4. What does Florville want to tell Courval before they marry?

5. What name is given to "any work of imagination fashioned from the most uncommon adventures which men experience in the course of their lives"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Through what "relationship" does Sade "compel our attention"?

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

8. What do Sade's admirers admit about Sade's work?

9. What does Courval do to find a new wife?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based upon the historical acceptance of sexual deviancy, do you believe that the actions of the men in "120 Days of Sodom" were criminal? Why/Why not? (Note: Research the historical acceptance of the sexual actions described in the text before you begin your essay.) When were specific acts considered criminal? Which actions were always considered criminal? Which actions were allowed in certain times in history? Were some actions not necessarily allowed, but looked upon as acceptable as long as no one knew of them?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

How did you find yourself reacting to the text as you read it? What were your concerns? Did you believe that you were prepared to read the text and find that you were, in fact, not? Or, did you find that you were more than prepared for the material presented in the text because of the more lax societal views on sexual "deviancy" today?

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