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. In addition to confessing to the theft of Madame Scholtz's money, what else does she require Herman to do?

2. What does Oxtiern tell Fabrice his intentions are regarding Ernestine?

3. What is the age range of the young men who were gathered to be at the "society's" first dinner party"?

4. In "Ernestine, A Swedish Tale," when does the narrator leave Paris to travel to Sweden?

5. How many men seized Herman as he ran from Madame Scholtz's house after being accused of theft?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the stage directions for Act One?

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

3. Why does Herman want to wait to marry?

4. When Duclos continues her story on the First Day, what questions does Duc have regarding the story?

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

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

7. What are the facts regarding the 150 Criminal Passions?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Although Sade was an atheist, do you think that he believed himself to be "god-like" or divine? What qualities did he show that would cause one to believe that Sade carried himself like a god? Or, do you believe that Sade thought himself to be simply mortal? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Based upon the historical acceptance of sexual deviancy, do you believe that the actions of the men in "120 Days of Sodom" were criminal? Why/Why not? (Note: Research the historical acceptance of the sexual actions described in the text before you begin your essay.) When were specific acts considered criminal? Which actions were always considered criminal? Which actions were allowed in certain times in history? Were some actions not necessarily allowed, but looked upon as acceptable as long as no one knew of them?

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