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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. According to Dolmance in this section, why are all kings tyrants?
2. According to the pamphleteer, what do Revolutionaries risk if they return to the Christian God?
3. According to Dolmance in this section, what is pleasure in its highest point?
4. What does Dolmance claim that Chevalier lacks at the end of the Fifth Dialogue?
5. What is the sole value of sexuality, according to Dolmance in this section?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Madame de Mistival pass out in the Final Dialogue?
2. How is Dolmance awed by Augustin in this section?
3. What transpires at the end of the Fifth Dialogue?
4. How does Dolmance conclude his argument with Chevalier in this section?
5. According to Dolmance in this section, how does nature disprove the existence of vice?
6. How does sexual fluid give way to blood at the beginning of the Fifth Dialogue?
7. What argument for the pamphleteer offer regarding death and capital punishment?
8. Why is marriage unpatriotic, according to the author?
9. What trepidations does Augustin have at the beginning of the Fifth Dialogue?
10. According to the author of the pamphlet, what is the value of suicide?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Much of the trajectory of The Bedroom Philosophers involves the increasingly deviant sexual endeavors of the libertines. Write a three-part essay about this trajectory, discussing the purpose of this evolution:
Part 1) Why do Dolmance, Chevalier and Madame de Saint-Ange plot the seduction of Eugenie? What lessons do they teach her in the early dialogues, and how do these sexual acts connect to the libertine lifestyle? What does Eugenie learn about this worldview? How does she react, and how does she change?
Part 2) At the end of the Fifth Dialogue, the libertines engage in increasingly deviant sexual behavior. Discuss the acts they engage in immediately after the reading of the pamphlet. How does Dolmance justify his vulgarity and extremity? What is the libertine's purpose in being especially disgusting in sexual acts?
Part 3) Discuss the meaning behind the gang-rape and torture of Madame de Mistival. How is this a culmination of the libertines lessons? How has Eugenie changed over the course of the novel? What has she renounces in the proceedings and how does her violation of her own mother serve as a compact with Dolmance's worldview?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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