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 Oxtiern tell Fabrice his intentions are regarding Ernestine?

2. Whom does Duc kiss on the mouth in the third room that the "society" visits on the "First Day"?

3. Who challenges Oxtiern to a duel?

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

5. How old is Heme in Part Three?

Short Essay Questions

1. To whom do the 150 Simple Passions belong?

2. Why does Ernestine wish to marry Herman?

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

4. Why does the narrator wish to see the famous mines in Sweden?

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

6. Why does Oxtiern tell Fabrice that Ernestine's father has not accompanied her on her travels?

7. What are the stage directions for Act Three?

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

9. What is special about the Friday parties?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Given that all of the characters in "120 Days of Sodom" were at least 45 years of age, do you believe their "crimes" to be more horrendous than if they were younger men? Sade was 45 years old when "The 120 Days of Sodom" was published. Do you believe that Sade gave them all ages close to his own because the text paralleled his own life? Do you think that you would feel differently about the actions in the text if the men were younger and more "prone" to sexually deviant behaviors?

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

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?

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