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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. Where does Chevalier exit to at the end of the First Dialogue?
(a) The boudoir.
(b) The garden.
(c) The dinette.
(d) The drawing room.

2. To what does Dolmance liken sodomy in this section?
(a) A business transaction.
(b) A medical procedure.
(c) A personal hygiene process.
(d) A spiritual act.

3. Who knocks at the boudoir door at the end of the Third Dialogue?
(a) The Marquis de Sade.
(b) Augustin.
(c) Madame de Mistival.
(d) Chevalier.

4. What term does the Marquis de Sade use to refer to his readers in the beginning of his Introduction?
(a) Voluptuaries.
(b) Hedonists.
(c) Apostates.
(d) Libertines.

5. According to Sade in To the Libertines, what is the only way one can find transcendence?
(a) Killing those below oneself.
(b) Sacrificing oneself to sensual pleasure.
(c) Making love to de Sade.
(d) Abandoning the shackles of family.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following groups is not one that Sade refers to specifically in To the Libertines?

2. At the beginning of the Fourth Dialogue, Chevalier assures Eugenie of his what?

3. In the Third Dialogue, which fluid is incorrectly identified as operative in procreation?

4. What word does Dolmance excoriate as meaningless at the beginning of this section?

5. What color is Eugenie's hair?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dolmance think about parental control of children?

2. How does Madame de Saint-Ange recommend a married woman carry out her infidelity?

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

4. Describe Madame de Saint-Ange's husband.

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

6. What methods does Madame recommend for avoiding pregnancy?

7. What standing wager does Madame de Saint-Ange have?

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

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

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

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