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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. How does Valmont act toward Madame de Tourvel, as reported in letter 11?
(a) He is gentlemanly and attentive.
(b) He makes no attempt to conceal his lust.
(c) He regales her with licentious tales.
(d) He ignores her and barely speaks to her.

2. What is the tone of Cécile's letter 55 to Sophie?
(a) Frightened and remorseful.
(b) Gloating and mocking.
(c) Adult and experienced.
(d) Tender and cautious.

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

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

5. Whom does Merteuil want to manipulate into a relationship with Cécile?
(a) Valmont.
(b) Danceny.
(c) Monsieur de Tourvel.
(d) Azolan.

6. What ruse does Valmont use to attempt to secretly rifle through Madame de Tourvel's letters?
(a) He says he is going hunting.
(b) He complains of a headache.
(c) He pretends to be a burglar in the night.
(d) He fakes a nosebleed and leaves the room.

7. What does Valmont ask Madame de Tourvel to do in letter 35?
(a) Move to Paris so they can be seen in society together.
(b) Commit to a sexual relationship with him.
(c) Give him the names of those saying bad things about him.
(d) Divorce her husband, the judge.

8. According to the author of the Editor's Preface, what is the value of a work of literature?
(a) The opportunity it offers its readers to escape their dull, daily lives.
(b) Its usefulness to society and/or the pleasure it gives its readers.
(c) The price it can be sold at; the wealth it can bring its author.
(d) Its moral obligation to society.

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

10. How does Madame de Tourvel react when Valmont professes his love?
(a) She bursts into tears.
(b) She stands bemused and silent.
(c) She faints on the floor.
(d) She scolds him.

11. What does Merteuil think is Valmont's greatest flaw in his plan of seduction?
(a) His coming on too strong.
(b) His reliance on writing letters.
(c) His specific tone of voice with Madame de Tourvel.
(d) His endeavor to appear to have reformed his libertine ways.

12. What event does Madame de Volanges' sudden illness threaten?
(a) Merteuil's meeting with Valmont.
(b) Cécile's meeting with Valmont.
(c) Cécile's secret meeting with Danceny.
(d) Danceny's meeting with Madame de Tourvel.

13. 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 ignored its existence until ten years ago.
(c) Readers and critics reaffirmed the initial 18th-century response.
(d) Readers and critics extolled it as the single best novel of the Western hemisphere.

14. What does Madame de Tourvel offer Valmont?
(a) Her undying love.
(b) Her friendship.
(c) Her hatred.
(d) Her body.

15. What does Merteuil call Danceny in letter 38?
(a) Brainy and obtuse.
(b) Quiet and wise.
(c) Stupid and boring.
(d) Canny and secretive.

Short Answer Questions

1. What else does David Coward, author of the Introduction, insist is a factor in libertine novels?

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

3. Why does Valmont think it possible to seduce this woman?

4. Who notified Madame de Volanges of Cécile and Danceny's romance?

5. In his other writings, what view did Laclos take of women?

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