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. How many guards were escorting the carriage of the young ladies?

2. How much per year does the "society" collect?

3. Oxtiern tells Derbac his one goal in life is ____________.

4. According to the Introduction to "120 Days of Sodom," whose war has drained the state treasury?

5. What does the "society" have to authenticate in regard to the "young maids" at the fourth dinner party?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Oxtiern tell Fabrice that Ernestine's father has not accompanied her on her travels?

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

5. What are the stage directions for Act One?

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

7. What does the First Day entail?

8. What are the stage directions for Act Three?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This essay needs to be written in definitive sections. Answer the following questions in the succession asked.

1) What is the difference between sadism and masochism?

2) Do you believe one to be more deviant than the other?

3) In your opinion, was Sade a sadist or masochist?

4) Do you believe that his infatuation with either sadism or masochism fueled his writings? If not, what do you believe fueled it?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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