The Bedroom Philosophers Test | Mid-Book 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 the Third Dialogue, which fluid is incorrectly identified as operative in procreation?

2. According to Sade in To the Libertines, what is the only way one can find transcendence?

3. Who does Chevalier penetrate immediately after ejaculating in the Fourth Dialogue?

4. According to Madame de Saint-Ange in this section, why are no desires uncommon?

5. Where does Chevalier exit to at the end of the First Dialogue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What odd and incorrect theories of conception are discussed in the Third Dialogue?

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

5. Describe the argument that Dolmance and Chevalier have in the Fourth Dialogue?

6. Describe Dolmance.

7. Describe Dolmance's attitudes toward the poor.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Review the orgy texts of The Bedroom Philosophers and write an essay about how the Marquis de Sade portrays actually copulation. How does the author make clear the specific actions that each character is undertaking? For Eugenie, how does involvement in these activities transition from trepidation to euphoria? What occurs in the text that indicates that the participants are reaching orgasm?

Essay Topic 2

Madame de Saint-Ange is the ideal of feminine libertinage in Sade's work. Her lessons in the book concern the way a woman must adapt to live a life of wanton pleasure. In a two-part essay, discuss Madame de Saint-Ange's views:

Part 1) What is the importance of marriage in the life of a woman libertine? What precautions must the woman take to ensure her husband is not aware of his activities? How does being married offer new opportunities to a libertine woman? Discuss the details of Madame de Saint-Ange's marriage.

Part 2) What role does the childbirth play in the role of a libertine? How does Madame de Saint-Ange explain a woman should take precautions? What experience has she had with childbirth?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the topic of phalli in The Bedroom Philosophers. Discuss the order in which phalli are introduced in the narrative and how one tops the other. How are Dolmance, Chevalier, Augustin and Lapierre's phalli all put to different uses? What are the women's reactions to each? Analyzing the use of phalli in the text, determine what they represent in the world of the novel? Excess? Pleasure? Death?

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