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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 avoid detection of his and the Vicomtesse's dalliance?
(a) He pretends to become ill and incapable of making love.
(b) He accuses her of sleeping with a different man.
(c) He pretends there was a burglar in her room.
(d) He sneaks away from the house before everyone wakes.

2. 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 rapes her.
(d) He bribes her with 400 francs.

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

4. 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.

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

6. What does Madame de Volanges threaten to do to Danceny?
(a) Have him arrested.
(b) Publicly expose him.
(c) Bankrupt him.
(d) Ban him from her house.

7. What message does the Publisher's Foreword give?
(a) It asserts the reality and truth of the novel's events.
(b) It encourages readers to thoroughly enjoy the novel
(c) It warns the readers that this is a dangerous novel.
(d) It offers a comic summary of the novel.

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

9. What does Cécile think are pretty much the same thing?
(a) Friendship and love.
(b) Innocence and ignorance.
(c) Sex and love.
(d) Friendship and marriage.

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

11. Where does Cécile live before coming home to Paris?
(a) On the streets.
(b) At a convent.
(c) With a family friend.
(d) With her elderly aunt.

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

13. What event does Valmont tell Madame de Tourvel secured his love for her?
(a) Meeting her for the first time.
(b) Looking into her eyes on a starlit evening.
(c) His charitable actions toward the peasants.
(d) Hearing of her piety from Madame de Rosemonde.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In letter 15, what does Valmont call Merteuil about her attentions to her current lover?

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

4. How does Valmont trick Madame de Volanges into receiving his second letter?

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

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