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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. Whom does Danceny trust to help him continue his relationship with Cécile?
(a) Valmont.
(b) Madame de Tourvel.
(c) Bertram.
(d) Madame de Rosemonde.

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

3. 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 pays a peasant family's back taxes.
(c) He expresses interest in a position in the Church.
(d) He leaps to his aunt's aid when she falls.

4. Whom does Valmont plan to seduce?
(a) Merteuil.
(b) Madame de Tourvel.
(c) Josephine.
(d) Madame de Volanges.

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

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

7. What does Merteuil call the woman Valmont wishes to seduce?
(a) A trollop.
(b) A hag.
(c) A child.
(d) A prude.

8. In letter 26, what does Madame de Tourvel blame on her impassioned outburst?
(a) Her sense of security made her unwary.
(b) The true feelings of love pouring into her heart.
(c) The unbelieving portions of her mind and heart.
(d) Her sudden confusion at the turn of events.

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

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

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

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

13. What does Madame de Tourvel tell Madame de Volanges she will do to get rid of Valmont?
(a) She will ask him to leave his aunt's estate.
(b) She will leave Madame de Rosemonde's estate.
(c) She will fake her own death.
(d) She will blackmail and humiliate him.

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

15. How does Valmont's tale of seduction end?
(a) With an orgy.
(b) With a duel.
(c) With a kidnapping.
(d) With a pregnancy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is an "epistolary novel?"

2. In letter 52, what does Valmont accuse Madame de Tourvel of slandering?

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

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

5. What does Merteuil tell Cécile when they attend the opera together?

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