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

2. Near the end of this section, Dolmance discusses his libertine friends seducing who?

3. With whom does Dolmance perform anal sex in this section?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What theory regarding large penises does Dolmance posit in the Fourth Dialogue?

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

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

5. How does Eugenie decide to murder her mother?

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

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

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

9. How is Madame de Saint-Ange acquainted with Eugenie?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

There are many characters - both present and referenced - that could be construed as surrogates for the author in The Bedroom Philosophers. Write an essay about three of them: Dolmance, Madame de Saint-Ange and the unnamed author of the pamphlet. What component of Sade's worldview does each represent, and how is this viewpoint presented? Is it enacted in the action or simply discussed at length?

Essay Topic 3

In an essay, discuss the role of incest in The Bedroom Philosophers. Which characters either partake or plan to partake in incestuous relationships in the text? What pleasure do the libertines glean from these relationships? Discuss Dolmance and the unnamed pamphleteer's passionate defenses of the taboo act. What is the Marquis de Sade trying to achieve by actively defending the indefensible practice?

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