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. Madame Scholtz tells Oxtiern that Herman's profession is that of a ___________.

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

3. At what age did Duc carry out a plan to rob a public coach and rape all of the occupants?

4. How much per year does the "society" collect?

5. Who offers himself/herself up to the Bishop, given that another has not satisfied him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the stage directions for Act One?

2. What were the pairings of the "four libertines"?

3. In a short summary, what happens during the action of Duclos' story?

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

5. When Duclos continues her story on the First Day, what questions does Duc have regarding the story?

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

7. What does the Duc require of Curval if he is to allow Curval to marry his daughter Julie?

8. What main concerns does Fabrice have regarding Oxtiern's relationship with Ernestine?

9. Who are the guests at the first dinner party of the "four libertines"?

10. To whom do the 150 Simple Passions belong?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In your opinion, was Duc, the Bishop, the President de Curval, or Durcet the most deviant character? Which character do you believe to be the least deviant? Why? Use textual evidence to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Do you believe that Sade appropriately defended himself in his response to Villeterque? In what ways did Sade appropriately defend himself? In what ways did he fail to defend himself? Do you believe that Sade wrote the best response that he could to Villeterque? Why/Why not?

Essay Topic 3

Do you believe that Sade's writings were pornographic? Or, did he go beyond pornographic for you (as a reader)? Were there specific actions that you would consider "going a little too far"? Or, do you believe that Sade went just far enough?

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