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 is the name of Duc's daughter whom he gives to Curval to marry?

2. Madame Scholtz tells Oxtiern that Herman's profession is that of a ___________.

3. In Tale 7, How old is the maid that lost her virginity to "his" valet?

4. When the Colonel and Ernestine arrive at Stockholm, whose home do they visit?

5. How old was Duclos when she found Geoffrey, a monk, in a cell with Louis?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. To whom do the 150 Simple Passions belong?

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Herman want to wait to marry?

8. What are the details surrounding Herman?

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

10. What were the pairings 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

Do you believe that Sade appropriately defended himself in his response to Villeterque? In what ways did Sade appropriately defend himself? In what ways did he fail to defend himself? Do you believe that Sade wrote the best response that he could to Villeterque? Why/Why not?

Essay Topic 3

Must we burn Sade? What do you think? Upon finding your answer, be sure to create an argument strong enough to try to sway others. Do we burn him? Why? What has he done to deserve this? Why not? How are his works worthy of praise and not punishment?

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