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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. Why, says Madame de Tourvel in letter 78, was she wary toward Valmont when they first met?
(a) She resented being the object of his affection.
(b) His jocular disposition irritated her.
(c) His negative reputation put her on her guard.
(d) She was confused about her feelings towards him.

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

3. How does Danceny give his first note to Cécile?
(a) He slips it under her bedroom door.
(b) He gives it to Valmont to pass to her.
(c) He hides it in her harp case.
(d) He throws it on her lap.

4. As of letter 44, what has Madame de Tourvel done with Valmont's letters?
(a) Left them all unread and ignored.
(b) Sent them to Madame de Volanges as evidence against Valmont.
(c) Saved and repaired them.
(d) Burnt them.

5. 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 surrealist confusion of society.
(d) The provocation of social mores.

6. Where does Cécile live before coming home to Paris?
(a) On the streets.
(b) With her elderly aunt.
(c) With a family friend.
(d) At a convent.

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

8. What does Danceny's letter 28 accuse Cécile of?
(a) Being ignorant about his feelings.
(b) Being rude and condescending in her letters.
(c) Being flirtatious with other men.
(d) Being heartless and pitiless toward him.

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

10. What does Madame de Volanges threaten to do to Danceny?
(a) Bankrupt him.
(b) Ban him from her house.
(c) Have him arrested.
(d) Publicly expose him.

11. 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.

12. Why does Valmont think it possible to seduce this woman?
(a) She expressed interest in him.
(b) He already knows she has a weak character.
(c) Her husband is away.
(d) He seduced her in the past.

13. Who notified Madame de Volanges of Cécile and Danceny's romance?
(a) Madame de Tourvel.
(b) Cécile, accidentally.
(c) Valmont.
(d) Merteuil.

14. How does Valmont force Madame de Tourvel's maid to help with his plans?
(a) He rapes her.
(b) He threatens to blackmail her.
(c) He humiliates her by forcing her to be naked.
(d) He bribes her with 400 francs.

15. How does Valmont make sure that Madame de Tourvel will read his first letter?
(a) He corners her and reads it aloud.
(b) He leaves it in plain sight so she is forced to take it.
(c) He hides it in her writing desk so she will see it.
(d) He gives it to her maid to deliver to her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Valmont say is notable about the man pursuing Merteuil?

2. What is the tone of Cécile's letter 55 to Sophie?

3. What does Merteuil call Danceny in letter 38?

4. Which place in the social hierarchy did Laclos' family occupy?

5. Who does Valmont trick to spend time with the Vicomtesse de M?

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