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 did Geoffrey give to Duclos while in Louis' cell?

2. What does Madame Scholtz do when Herman refuses her advances?

3. The auditors are moved to which room to listen to narrations?

4. According to Tale 19, what age must the virgins be with which "he" wishes to copulate?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the stage directions for Act Three?

3. What is special about the Friday parties?

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

5. During the sixth week festival in December, what happens?

6. What are the facts regarding the 150 Complex Passions?

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

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

9. Why does Herman want to wait to marry?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you believe that Sade found it necessary to describe his characters from "120 Days of Sodom" in such depth? What did the depth of the description do for you as a reader? Did the description cause you to feel differently about the character than if they were not described in such depth? Why? What do you think a more "lacking" description would have done for you as a reader?

Essay Topic 2

In "Must We Burn Sade?" Simone de Beauvior stated that he believed that Sade's hatred of his mother was "the key to his life and work." What do you believe this to mean? Given that not much is known about Sade's life as a child, what could one assume that Sade's hatred for his mother was based upon? (Hint: Freud is mentioned in this section. What would Freud say?)

Essay Topic 3

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?

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