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

2. What color is Eugenie's hair?

3. In To the Libertines, what does Sade promise to all of those who follow his precepts?

4. Which character present or discussed in the First Dialogue is a stand-in for the Marquis de Sade?

5. Which Roman emperor does Dolmance cite at the end of the Third Dialogue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the value of blasphemy to the libertine?

6. What sexual acts are covered in this section of the book?

7. Describe Dolmance's defense of incest.

8. What methods does Madame recommend for avoiding pregnancy?

9. What arrangement does Dolmance create with Chevalier in the Fourth Dialogue?

10. What pattern of sexual arrangements emerges in the Third Dialogue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In an essay, discuss the identity of The Bedroom Philosophers as pornography. What goals of pornographic material are achieved with the proceedings of the text? Do you think that the book is intended as anything other than a prurient thrill? What significance does a pornographic work gain when viewed as a historical document? What does The Bedroom Philosophers tell us about the mores, fears, and secret desires of its readers?

Essay Topic 2

In a point-counterpoint essay, determine what the Marquis de Sade would be satirizing if The Bedroom Philosophers were satire. Would his targets be the French aristocracy? The Revolution? Is it more reasonable to believe that he intends the text as a critique of excess? Discuss, on the other hand, what Sade's goal would be if the text were earnest. What evidence from his personal life would contend that the book should be taken straight?

Essay Topic 3

In an essay, discuss the character of Dolmance. What roles does he undertake over the course of Sade's work? Discuss the points at which he lectures and organizes the libertines and the points at which he takes part in proceedings? What activities does he insist upon? What activities does he abstain from? Discuss, in conclusion, whether he is intended to be a godlike character or a demon. Is his role more ambiguous than either of them?

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