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

2. What occurs in the tale of seduction Valmont tells Merteuil in letter 79?
(a) Three couples get hoodwinked by one man.
(b) One woman seduces three brothers.
(c) The many mistresses of the King.
(d) Valmont himself and two unnamed women.

3. In his other writings, what view did Laclos take of women?
(a) Women were corruptors of society.
(b) A woman's honor was tied to their virginity.
(c) Women should not be enslaved by a male-dominated society.
(d) Women should be seen or heard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Cécile tell Danceny in letter 49?
(a) That her duty to God and her future husband prevent her from being with him.
(b) That she wants to continue their relationship.
(c) That Merteuil convinced her to continue writing to him.
(d) That she will meet him at a secret location to consummate their love.

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

12. 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.

13. 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."

14. How does Valmont spy on Madame de Tourvel?
(a) He uses a listening device in the room next to hers.
(b) He hides behind a tapestry in her room.
(c) He peeps through the keyhole of her room.
(d) He climbs a balcony to look through her window.

15. What does the author of the Editor's Preface claim he has done?
(a) Written all the letters himself, from the perspective of fictional characters.
(b) Written the story of his own group of friends into the form of letters.
(c) Collected and organized real letters, and provided occasional notes.
(d) Translated these letters from another language into French.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Madame de Volanges threaten to do to Danceny?

3. How did Laclos' contemporary critics feel his novel would impact society?

4. What does Merteuil do to get herself in the mood for sex with her lover?

5. What does Merteuil call the woman Valmont wishes to seduce?

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