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

2. The passions are referred to in Part Four as ___________.

3. How many men seized Herman as he ran from Madame Scholtz's house after being accused of theft?

4. Who goes to visit Duc on the "First Day"?

5. Who challenges Oxtiern to a duel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who assumes the task of the storytelling in December?

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

6. What does the First Day entail?

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

8. What are the details surrounding Herman?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you believe that the "Passions" moved from "complex" to "criminal" to "murderous"? What was the progression? What changed as the "Passions" progressed? Why do you believe the "Passions" changed?

Essay Topic 2

This essay needs to be written in definitive sections. Answer the following questions in the succession asked.

1) What is the difference between sadism and masochism?

2) Do you believe one to be more deviant than the other?

3) In your opinion, was Sade a sadist or masochist?

4) Do you believe that his infatuation with either sadism or masochism fueled his writings? If not, what do you believe fueled it?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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