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. 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 negative reputation put her on her guard.
(c) She was confused about her feelings towards him.
(d) His jocular disposition irritated her.

2. Why is Cécile unable to go to the opera with Merteuil?
(a) Madame de Volanges is ill and wishes her daughter to stay with her.
(b) Madame de Volanges does not approve of the opera.
(c) Madame de Volanges prohibits her daughter from seeing Merteuil.
(d) Madame de Volanges is suspicious of her daughter.

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

4. How does Coward recommend the novel should be criticized?
(a) By employing only what the reader knows about Laclos' life.
(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 referencing only the text itself, and no outside information.

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

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

7. How does Valmont make sure that Madame de Tourvel will read his first letter?
(a) He gives it to her maid to deliver to her.
(b) He corners her and reads it aloud.
(c) He leaves it in plain sight so she is forced to take it.
(d) He hides it in her writing desk so she will see it.

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

9. What is a "little house?"
(a) A temporary dwelling for those on the run from the law.
(b) A peasant hovel.
(c) The servants' quarters, attached to a large estate.
(d) A luxurious love-nest in the country.

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

11. How does Cécile initially feel about Danceny?
(a) She falls deeply in love with him.
(b) She feels ambivalent about him and he bores her.
(c) She likes him and wants to please him with her musical abilities.
(d) She hates his strict style of teaching.

12. On what issue does Cécile ask Merteuil's advice in letter 27?
(a) Whether Merteuil thinks Danceny will remain faithful.
(b) Which gown she should wear to the opera the next night.
(c) Whether it would be wrong to correspond with Danceny.
(d) Whether she should tell her mother of her interest in Danceny.

13. What is the main rule of Valmont's and Merteuil's seductions?
(a) Nothing to incriminate themselves should exist in writing.
(b) Married people are off-limits.
(c) They cannot interfere in one another's schemes.
(d) Seductions of impressionable teens are the only worthwhile seductions.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Cécile think are pretty much the same thing?

2. With what circumstance is Danceny most frustrated?

3. What does Merteuil call Danceny in letter 38?

4. What does Madame de Volanges say about Valmont to Madame de Tourvel in letter 9?

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

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