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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 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 provocation of social mores.
(c) The surrealist confusion of society.
(d) The reinforcement of ancient wisdom.

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

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

4. What message does the Publisher's Foreword give?
(a) It encourages readers to thoroughly enjoy the novel
(b) It warns the readers that this is a dangerous novel.
(c) It asserts the reality and truth of the novel's events.
(d) It offers a comic summary of the novel.

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

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

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

8. 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 gives it to her maid to deliver to her.
(d) He hides it in her writing desk so she will see it.

9. What is the first action Valmont takes to make Madame de Tourvel look favorably upon him?
(a) He disarms a burglar at the estate.
(b) He expresses interest in a position in the Church.
(c) He leaps to his aunt's aid when she falls.
(d) He pays a peasant family's back taxes.

10. What does Madame de Tourvel allow Valmont to do?
(a) Have sex with her.
(b) Write to her while they are apart.
(c) Tell Madame de Rosemonde about his feelings for her.
(d) Stay at Madame de Rosemonde's estate.

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

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

13. What has Merteuil tricked Cécile into doing?
(a) Sleeping with Valmont.
(b) Meeting with Danceny alone.
(c) Refusing to marry the Comte de Gercourt.
(d) Telling Madame de Volanges about her love for Danceny.

14. 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) She was confused about her feelings towards him.
(d) His negative reputation put her on her guard.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Danceny refuse to do, despite Madame de Volanges' request?

2. Who or what does Coward see as at fault for the events of the novel?

3. How does Merteuil respond to Valmont's warning about the man who wants to pursue her?

4. What was the beginning of Laclos' military career like?

5. In letter 26, what does Madame de Tourvel blame on her impassioned outburst?

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