The 120 Days of Sodom and Other Writings Test | Final 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 does Ernestine tell Herman to do on the night of Madame Scholtz's ball?

2. How many witnesses sign depositions against Herman for the theft of Madame Scholtz's money?

3. On the 1st of December, how many tales does Champville tell?

4. What is the name of the man whom Ernestine loves?

5. Whose daughter does Duc want to marry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Oxtiern tell Fabrice is his only concern?

2. What did the introduction of "Oxtiern" state about the play?

3. When "the story opens," what are the circumstances surrounding Saunders?

4. What happens to Narcisse at the supper meal on the First Day?

5. Why does Herman want to wait to marry?

6. Why do Oxtiern and Madame Scholtz scheme to keep Ernestine and Herman apart?

7. What does Martaine state that she wants to do on the 10th of January?

8. What do the "four libertines" do to strengthen their ties?

9. To whom do the 150 Simple Passions belong?

10. What are the stage directions for Act Three?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In "Must We Burn Sade?" Simone de Beauvior stated that he believed that Sade's hatred of his mother was "the key to his life and work." What do you believe this to mean? Given that not much is known about Sade's life as a child, what could one assume that Sade's hatred for his mother was based upon? (Hint: Freud is mentioned in this section. What would Freud say?)

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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