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Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. With which philosophical movement of the 18th century is Laclos associated?
(a) The French Victorian period.
(b) The Late Renaissance.
(c) The French Enlightenment.
(d) The Age of Realism.

2. Who or what does Coward see as at fault for the events of the novel?
(a) The natural, undeniable human sexual curiosity.
(b) The actions of individuals.
(c) The fate handed down by God.
(d) The pressures of the social caste system.

3. What idea does Merteuil plant in Cécile's head after the revelation of her and Danceny's love?
(a) Running away with Danceny.
(b) Seeing Danceny in secret.
(c) Shifting her desire to Valmont.
(d) Becoming a nun.

4. How does Coward recommend the novel should be criticized?
(a) By using a variety of critical theories and methodologies.
(b) By placing the novel only in the context of 18th-century France.
(c) By employing only what the reader knows about Laclos' life.
(d) By referencing only the text itself, and no outside information.

5. On what issue does Cécile ask Merteuil's advice in letter 27?
(a) Whether Merteuil thinks Danceny will remain faithful.
(b) Which gown she should wear to the opera the next night.
(c) Whether it would be wrong to correspond with Danceny.
(d) Whether she should tell her mother of her interest in Danceny.

6. Why is Cécile unable to go to the opera with Merteuil?
(a) Madame de Volanges does not approve of the opera.
(b) Madame de Volanges is suspicious of her daughter.
(c) Madame de Volanges is ill and wishes her daughter to stay with her.
(d) Madame de Volanges prohibits her daughter from seeing Merteuil.

7. Whom does Cécile's mother intend for her to marry?
(a) Monsieur de Prévan.
(b) The Vicomte de Valmont.
(c) The Comte de Gercourt.
(d) The Chevalier Danceny.

8. In letter 15, what does Valmont call Merteuil about her attentions to her current lover?
(a) He calls her selfish and callous.
(b) He calls her a slave to another's pleasure.
(c) He calls her an attention seeker.
(d) He calls her gentle and caring.

9. How does Cécile initially feel about Danceny?
(a) She feels ambivalent about him and he bores her.
(b) She likes him and wants to please him with her musical abilities.
(c) She falls deeply in love with him.
(d) She hates his strict style of teaching.

10. In letter 20, what does Merteuil promise Valmont upon the success of his seduction of Madame de Tourvel?
(a) That she will introduce him to another young lady.
(b) That she will admit he is better at seductions than she.
(c) That she will never speak to him again.
(d) That she will sleep with him.

11. What does Madame de Tourvel promise to Madame de Volanges in letter 11?
(a) That she will consider no one's feelings, but her own.
(b) That she will request that Valmont leave the estate.
(c) That she will do everything Valmont asks of her.
(d) That she will treat Valmont coldly.

12. What does Cécile think are pretty much the same thing?
(a) Friendship and love.
(b) Sex and love.
(c) Innocence and ignorance.
(d) Friendship and marriage.

13. Who does Valmont trick to spend time with the Vicomtesse de M?
(a) Merteuil.
(b) Philippe.
(c) Vressac.
(d) Armand.

14. Whom does Danceny trust to help him continue his relationship with Cécile?
(a) Valmont.
(b) Bertram.
(c) Madame de Tourvel.
(d) Madame de Rosemonde.

15. How does Valmont's tale of seduction end?
(a) With an orgy.
(b) With a kidnapping.
(c) With a duel.
(d) With a pregnancy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first action Valmont takes to make Madame de Tourvel look favorably upon him?

2. How does Valmont avoid detection of his and the Vicomtesse's dalliance?

3. What message does the Publisher's Foreword give?

4. What common subjects of social satire is the novel clearly lacking, according to Coward?

5. Why does Valmont think it possible to seduce this woman?

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