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. What laws does the author of the pamphlet think should be instituted to ensure duty to God?

2. Which libertine is not in the boudoir at the beginning of the Sixth Dialogue?

3. Which of the following is not a way Romans and Greeks honored their gods, according to the pamphleteer?

4. The only useful union between two people, according to Dolmance, is what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the very end of The Bedroom Philosophers incongruous with what preceded it?

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

3. What is the cumulative value of madame de Saint-Ange's inundation in the Fifth Dialogue?

4. How is Madame de Mistival punished after her tribunal in the Final Dialogue?

5. How does Dolmance conclude his argument with Chevalier in this section?

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

7. How does Eugenie's reaction to her mother in the beginning of the Final Dialogue reflect a change in her character?

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

9. Why does Dolmance not break Eugenie's hymen?

10. Why does Madame de Mistival pass out in the Final Dialogue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the historical context of The Bedroom Philosophers. What was happening in France at the time that the Marquis de Sade was writing? What reference to these historical events is made in the book? What do the libertines of the book think about the political state of the nation? What changes would they like to see instituted in the country and why?

Essay Topic 2

The Libertines of The Bedroom Philosophers are all exorbitantly wealthy, and as firm believers in the ascendancy of personal liberties they have little to no sympathy for the poor. Write an essay in three parts on the subject of class relationships in the novel:

Part 1) Why does Dolmance believe that charity and social welfare are meaningless exercises? What deleterious effects do they have in his opinion? What does he think of individuals who support them?

Part 2) Discuss the role of servants like Augusten and Lapierre in the events of the novel. Are these characters presented as fully invested individuals? What is their purpose in the proceedings? Discuss why Augustin is sent out of the room when the pamphlet is read aloud.

Part 3) Discuss the argument in the Fifth Dialogue between Chevalier and Dolmance. What compassionate point does Chevalier raise, and why does he raise it? How does Dolmance shout him down?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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