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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the end of the Third Dialogue, what two subjects does Dolmance discuss as being of particular joy to a libertine?
(a) Blasphemy and cruelty.
(b) Selfishness and arrogance.
(c) Pain and perversion.
(d) Sodomy and wealth.

2. What color is Eugenie's hair?
(a) Black.
(b) Chestnut.
(c) Auburn.
(d) Dirty blonde.

3. According to Dolmance in the Fourth Dialogue, mankind was created to be what?
(a) Polygamous.
(b) Poor.
(c) Naked.
(d) Wicked.

4. According to Dolmance, Christianity is just a newer form of what?
(a) Pagan religion.
(b) Roman rule.
(c) Judaism.
(d) Slavery.

5. When does Madame de Saint-Ange say a women must tell her husband she is taking lovers?
(a) When the husband is dying.
(b) When the husband is a libertine as well.
(c) When the husband is impotent.
(d) When the husband is British.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what iconic literary figure does Chevalier compare himself and his sister in the First Dialogue?

2. What does Madame's elderly husband force her to consume?

3. What role models does Dolmance detest vocally regarding his virtue-vice argument?

4. In the Fourth Dialogue, what has Madame de Saint-Ange offered 500 sous for?

5. Who knocks at the boudoir door at the end of the Third Dialogue?

Short Essay Questions

1. What methods does Madame recommend for avoiding pregnancy?

2. How does Eugenie decide to murder her mother?

3. What hypothetical sexual inundation do Dolmance and Madame concoct in the Fourth Dialogue?

4. How does the Chevalier reassure Eugenie at the beginning of the Fourth Dialogue?

5. How is the the sexual passage of this section typical of the writing of The Bedroom Philosophers?

6. What argument does Dolmance make about deceit in this section?

7. What specific instructions does Sade give his readers about emulating characters in To the Libertines?

8. What skill do women have for cruelty, according to Dolmance at the end of the Third Dialogue?

9. What is the relationship between Madame de Saint-Ange and the Chevalier?

10. How does Chevalier frame Dolamnce's entrance in the First Dialogue?

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