Les Liaisons Dangereuses Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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. Why must Cécile's marriage be postponed?
(a) Her fiancé is away with his regiment.
(b) Cécile plans to travel and further her education.
(c) Her fiancé is gravely ill.
(d) Cécile has second thoughts about marriage.

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

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

4. How does Merteuil respond to Valmont's warning about the man who wants to pursue her?
(a) She decides to pursue the man.
(b) She ignores his warning and forgets the man.
(c) She resolves to reform the man's libertine ways.
(d) She takes Valmont's advice to beware.

5. What event does Valmont tell Madame de Tourvel secured his love for her?
(a) Hearing of her piety from Madame de Rosemonde.
(b) Looking into her eyes on a starlit evening.
(c) His charitable actions toward the peasants.
(d) Meeting her for the first time.

6. What does Danceny refuse to do, despite Madame de Volanges' request?
(a) Burn his letters.
(b) Return Cécile's letters.
(c) Travel abroad to forget Cécile.
(d) Marry another woman.

7. What else does David Coward, author of the Introduction, insist is a factor in libertine novels?
(a) The questioning of humanity's purpose on earth.
(b) The reinforcement of ancient wisdom.
(c) The provocation of social mores.
(d) The surrealist confusion of society.

8. Against whom does Valmont warn Merteuil in letter 70?
(a) Danceny.
(b) Bertram.
(c) Azolan.
(d) Prévan.

9. What was the beginning of Laclos' military career like?
(a) He fought constantly in the Seven Years' War.
(b) He set sail for India and China to support France's colonial efforts.
(c) He was garrisoned in provincial towns and saw no battle action.
(d) He became a decorated hero and military adviser to the King.

10. What literary tradition does Coward see as applicable?
(a) Don Juanism.
(b) Elegiac poetry.
(c) Romanticism.
(d) Sentimentality.

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

12. How does Valmont give Cécile her letter from Danceny?
(a) He tosses it in her lap.
(b) He gives it to her on a walk in the countryside.
(c) He reads it aloud.
(d) He slips it under her bedroom door.

13. In letter 5, how does Merteuil react to Valmont's object of desire?
(a) She places absolute faith in Valmont.
(b) She is incredulous and mocking.
(c) She expresses doubts as to his capability.
(d) She encourages his plan of seduction.

14. What does Madame de Tourvel offer Valmont?
(a) Her undying love.
(b) Her body.
(c) Her friendship.
(d) Her hatred.

15. How do today's readers of Laclos interpret his novel?
(a) They neglect several characters and only focus on one or two.
(b) They always apply Laclos' personal history to the meaning of the novel.
(c) They cannot agree on the ambiguous meanings and motivations of the characters.
(d) They find that each character has definite motivations.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does "libertine" generally refer to in 18th-century France?

2. What is a "little house?"

3. Into which main form(s) was __Les Liaisons Dangereuses_ reproduced in the 20th century?

4. With what circumstance is Danceny most frustrated?

5. How does Valmont's tale of seduction end?

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