The 120 Days of Sodom and Other Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what time do the "Statutes" declare that the men should rise in the morning?

2. What does Oxtiern say that he and Herman need to do before they duel?

3. The narrator questions Falkeniem about __________.

4. The "society" collect dues for __________.

5. In Tale 11, "he" needs to be provided with __________.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Women have fought over Sade's writing. Angela Carter ("The Sadeian Woman: And the Ideology of Pornography" (1979)) believed Sade to be a "moral pornographer." Andrea Dworkin ("Pornography: Men Possessing Women" (1979)) saw Sade as the model of the "woman-hating pornographer." With whom do you agree? Did Sade hate women, or did he create a "special place" for women in the lives of men?

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

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?

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