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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. Who is the author of the Editor's Preface?
(a) Choderlos de Laclos.
(b) A close friend of Laclos.
(c) Philippe-Égalité.
(d) Laclos' wife, Marie-Soulange Duperré.

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

3. In letter 26, what does Madame de Tourvel blame on her impassioned outburst?
(a) Her sense of security made her unwary.
(b) The unbelieving portions of her mind and heart.
(c) The true feelings of love pouring into her heart.
(d) Her sudden confusion at the turn of events.

4. Who wrote the Publisher's Foreword to _Les Liasons Dangerueses_?
(a) The Duke d'Orleans.
(b) Choderlos de Laclos.
(c) The owner of the shop in which the book was printed.
(d) Laclos' wife, Marie-Soulange Duperré.

5. What does Merteuil tell Cécile when they attend the opera together?
(a) Marriage is a futile institution that oppresses women.
(b) On her wedding night, a young woman must be prepared for certain things.
(c) When a woman marries, she must love only her husband.
(d) It is perfectly acceptable to have many lovers at once.

6. How does Coward characterize each "chapter" in __Les Liaisons Dangereuses_?
(a) They are "theatrical."
(b) They are "identical to one another."
(c) They are "flighty."
(d) They are "stodgy."

7. What does Laclos favor over the well-trained mind?
(a) A stout constitution.
(b) A sense of humor.
(c) A high social station.
(d) A feeling heart.

8. What was Laclos' relationship with his own wife and children?
(a) He was harsh and abusive.
(b) He was timid and shy.
(c) He was cold and distant.
(d) He was warm and loving.

9. What advice does Cécile's friend offer regarding Danceny's letter?
(a) Cécile should reply immediately and assure Danceny of her love.
(b) Cécile should reply and chastise Danceny for taking such a liberty.
(c) Cécile should not respond.
(d) Cécile should show the letter to her mother.

10. What advice does Valmont give to Madame de Tourvel?
(a) Tell others of his love for Valmont, and they will understand.
(b) Succumb to desire and she will pay the price.
(c) Love, and her fears will vanish.
(d) Desert her husband, in order to marry Valmont.

11. Into which main form(s) was __Les Liaisons Dangereuses_ reproduced in the 20th century?
(a) Factual memoirs.
(b) Plays and film adaptations.
(c) Lyric poetry.
(d) Novellas.

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

13. How was __Les Liaisons Dangereuses_ treated after the turn of the 20th century?
(a) Readers and critics reaffirmed the initial 18th-century response.
(b) Readers and critics ignored its existence until ten years ago.
(c) Readers and critics extolled it as the single best novel of the Western hemisphere.
(d) Readers and critics were more likely to praise and study it.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the author of the Editor's Preface claim he has done?

3. Whom does Valmont plan to seduce?

4. How does Madame de Tourvel react when Valmont professes his love?

5. Who notified Madame de Volanges of Cécile and Danceny's romance?

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