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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. What is the name of the school-friend to whom Cécile writes?
(a) Émilie.
(b) Sophie.
(c) Francoise.
(d) Eliza.

2. How does Valmont avoid detection of his and the Vicomtesse's dalliance?
(a) He accuses her of sleeping with a different man.
(b) He sneaks away from the house before everyone wakes.
(c) He pretends to become ill and incapable of making love.
(d) He pretends there was a burglar in her room.

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

4. With whom does Valmont conspire to trick and humiliate a new acquaintance?
(a) Merteuil.
(b) Émilie.
(c) Cécile.
(d) Madame de Volanges.

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

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

7. With what circumstance is Danceny most frustrated?
(a) Valmont's apparent silence on Danceny and Cécile's affair.
(b) The weather prevents him from traveling.
(c) His inability to express his feelings to Cécile.
(d) The inconvenience of being stuck in Paris for business matters.

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

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

10. What does Madame de Volanges say about Valmont to Madame de Tourvel in letter 9?
(a) Valmont has an excellent reputation around town.
(b) Valmont is dangerous and deceitful.
(c) Valmont has an addiction to gambling.
(d) Valmont is trustworthy and honest.

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

12. How does Valmont contrive to grope the woman he wants to seduce?
(a) By grabbing her from behind.
(b) By carrying her across a ditch.
(c) By pretending to stumble into her.
(d) By helping her mount a horse.

13. 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 resolves to reform the man's libertine ways.
(c) She takes Valmont's advice to beware.
(d) She ignores his warning and forgets the man.

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

15. In letter 52, what does Valmont accuse Madame de Tourvel of slandering?
(a) The generosity of Valmont's aunt.
(b) Valmont's reputation.
(c) The concepts of friendship and trust.
(d) Her own reputation.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was Laclos' relationship with his own wife and children?

3. What is the main rule of Valmont's and Merteuil's seductions?

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

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

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