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 does Dolmance do to Eugenie as Chevalier sodomizes her in this section?

2. Why is Augustin initially hesitant to ravish Eugenie in the Fifth Dialogue?

3. What does Madame offer Dolmance in this section, that he refuses?

4. According to the author of the pamphlet, what is the main requirement of the Christian God?

5. Why is Madame de Mistival's body already bruised?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the only true connection between two people, according to Dolmance in this section?

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

3. Why does the author of the pamphlet reject the notion of laws as important to order?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The dialogues of The Bedroom Philosophers are intended to be perversions of Socratic dialogues, in which a philosopher takes a given dictum and dissects it, disproving it piece by piece. In an essay, choose one dialogue and discuss how the libertine dissects a given social more. What component of society is the character refuting? What does he or she find at fault in it? How does he or she disprove this fault, and what conclusion is reached?

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