The Bedroom Philosophers Test | Final 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. How does Augustin's penis compare to the others in the boudoir?

2. What does Dolmance claim that Chevalier lacks at the end of the Fifth Dialogue?

3. How does Eugenie respond to Madame de Mistival's arrival at the beginning of the Final Dialogue?

4. At the end of this section, Dolmance produces what object?

5. Which of the following characters is not involved in plotting the education of Eugenie?

Short Essay Questions

1. What arrives for the libertines in the Sixth Dialogue?

2. What argument does Dolmance regarding the human heart in the beginning of this section?

3. How is Chevalier's argument in this section atypical of the rest of the text?

4. What proclamation regarding crime does Dolmance make at the beginning of this section?

5. According to the author of the pamphlet, what is the value of suicide?

6. What argument for the pamphleteer offer regarding death and capital punishment?

7. According to Dolmance in this section, how does nature disprove the existence of vice?

8. Why is marriage unpatriotic, according to the author?

9. In this section, how does Dolmance downgrade humanity's importance in his defense of sodomy?

10. What trepidations does Augustin have at the beginning of the Fifth Dialogue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Sodomy plays an incredible role in the libertine philosophy of Dolmance. He expounds upon its pure, unadorned pleasure. Write a three-part essay about the libertine ideal as expressed through the act of sodomy:

Part 1) What reasons does Dolmance explain through the book that society has for frowning upon anal intercourse? Why is it considered unnatural and dirty? To what extend is the substance of semen made sacred through these arguments?

Part 2) Discuss the various ways in which Dolmance rebuke the arguments against sodomy. How does he connect the notion of nature to justify the value of sodomy? Aesthetically, why does Dolmance think that the anus is more perfect than the vagina?

Part 3) Discuss how Dolmance applies his beliefs about sodomy in his everyday life. What does he abstain from? What does he lecture and practice on a regular basis?

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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