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. When does Madame de Saint-Ange say a women must tell her husband she is taking lovers?

2. At the end of this section, Dolmance says that a libertine's ultimate fidelity is to what?

3. In the Third Dialogue, what topic does Eugenie broach that makes Dolmance scoff and chastise her?

4. Which character masturbates Chevalier first in the Fourth Dialogue?

5. What color is Eugenie's hair?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. At the beginning of this section, what argument does Dolmance make regarding virtue?

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

6. According to Sade in To the Philosphers, what is the key to happiness?

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

8. How does Dolmance decry religion in this section?

9. Describe Dolmance.

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

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

Write an essay about the character of the Chevalier. What is his connection to Dolmance, and what role does he play in the education of Eugenie? Discuss his part in plotting the various outrages against her virtue. How is he instrumental in bringing all of the major characters together into one boudoir? Discuss, also, the Chevalier's surprising outrage at the lack of compassion Dolmance displays? How does he become the most loving of the libertines?

Essay Topic 3

The Bedroom Philosophers is presented in the form of a series of dialogues in two rooms, almost like a play. In a three-part essay, discuss the use of offstage characters to relate information. In what for do these unseen characters appear? What do we learn from these characters? Why are they not present in the boudoir?

Part 1) V.

Part 2) Eugenie's father.

Part 3) The unnamed pamphleteer.

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