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 cut off in Tale 46 in Part Three?

2. According to the Bishop, who needs to be punished severely on Saturday?

3. When Ernestine sees Herman for the first time after he is accused of theft, where is he?

4. What does Ernestine tell Herman to do on the night of Madame Scholtz's ball?

5. Herman states that he often calls upon Colonel Sanders because of ______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Ernestine wish to marry Herman?

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

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

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

7. In a short summary, what happens during the action of Duclos' story?

8. What were the pairings of the "four libertines"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did you find yourself reacting to the text as you read it? What were your concerns? Did you believe that you were prepared to read the text and find that you were, in fact, not? Or, did you find that you were more than prepared for the material presented in the text because of the more lax societal views on sexual "deviancy" today?

Essay Topic 2

Do you agree with Villeterque's point of view on Sade's writings? Why/Why not? With what part of his statements do you agree? Why? With what part of his statements do you disagree? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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