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. At what age is Champville "deflowered"?

2. For the private party that is held every Friday, from where do the women come?

3. Who is present at the first dinner party of the "society"?

4. Where does Act One open in "Oxtiern"?

5. How old is Heme in Part Three?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the third dinner party, who are the guests?

2. To whom do the 150 Simple Passions belong?

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

4. What are the stage directions for Act Three?

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

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

7. Why does Duclos' story get interrupted on the First Day?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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