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

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

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

4. How does Valmont force Madame de Tourvel's maid to help with his plans?
(a) He humiliates her by forcing her to be naked.
(b) He threatens to blackmail her.
(c) He bribes her with 400 francs.
(d) He rapes her.

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

6. Against whom does Valmont warn Merteuil in letter 70?
(a) Azolan.
(b) Prévan.
(c) Danceny.
(d) Bertram.

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

8. How does Valmont give Cécile her letter from Danceny?
(a) He slips it under her bedroom door.
(b) He reads it aloud.
(c) He tosses it in her lap.
(d) He gives it to her on a walk in the countryside.

9. According to Merteuil in letter 10, which pretext do women use to submit to sexual pleasure with a man?
(a) Women come to secret agreements with their lovers.
(b) Women allow themselves to be raped.
(c) Women initiate their own seductions.
(d) Women use the excuse of weak-mindedness.

10. How does Merteuil respond to Valmont's warning about the man who wants to pursue her?
(a) She ignores his warning and forgets the man.
(b) She takes Valmont's advice to beware.
(c) She decides to pursue the man.
(d) She resolves to reform the man's libertine ways.

11. 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) Collected and organized real letters, and provided occasional notes.
(c) Written the story of his own group of friends into the form of letters.
(d) Translated these letters from another language into French.

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

13. What does Madame de Tourvel promise to Madame de Volanges in letter 11?
(a) That she will treat Valmont coldly.
(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 request that Valmont leave the estate.

14. What is Valmont and Danceny's relationship as of letter 57?
(a) They do not have a relationship.
(b) Vengeful and angry.
(c) Wary and cautious.
(d) Open and trusting.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom does the Marquise de Merteuil confide her plots?

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

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

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

5. What is a "little house?"

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