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 kind of prejudices does Oxtiern accuse Derbac of having?

2. Whom is "given" to the company on the 6th night of Part Three?

3. Where does Oxtiern plan to take Ernestine after leaving Fabrice's home?

4. According to the rules, who has to be present whenever two or more children are present?

5. The "society" collect dues for __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the stage directions for Act One?

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

4. What does the First Day entail?

5. What does the Duc require of Curval if he is to allow Curval to marry his daughter Julie?

6. Why does Herman want to wait to marry?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In an age where technology reigns supreme, people are mystified and obsessed with criminals. This is evidenced by television shows which feature serial killers and movies that are meant to disgust and frighten. Do you think that society is ready for Sade? Why/Why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Many ancient cultures, dating back over 4,000 years, boasted very sexual imagery. Some of the imagery was very perverse in nature. While perverse, the desire for such imagery remained among many of the great cultures. Based upon this, do you believe that Sade's writings had a place in his own culture? Why/Why not? Why do you think that writings, such as Sade's, were desired among the great societies of the world?

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