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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. Into which main form(s) was __Les Liaisons Dangereuses_ reproduced in the 20th century?
(a) Novellas.
(b) Factual memoirs.
(c) Plays and film adaptations.
(d) Lyric poetry.

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

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

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

5. Who wrote the Publisher's Foreword to _Les Liasons Dangerueses_?
(a) Laclos' wife, Marie-Soulange Duperré.
(b) The owner of the shop in which the book was printed.
(c) Choderlos de Laclos.
(d) The Duke d'Orleans.

6. Who does Valmont trick to spend time with the Vicomtesse de M?
(a) Vressac.
(b) Philippe.
(c) Merteuil.
(d) Armand.

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

8. How does Coward characterize each "chapter" in __Les Liaisons Dangereuses_?
(a) They are "identical to one another."
(b) They are "theatrical."
(c) They are "flighty."
(d) They are "stodgy."

9. How do today's readers of Laclos interpret his novel?
(a) They find that each character has definite motivations.
(b) They cannot agree on the ambiguous meanings and motivations of the characters.
(c) They always apply Laclos' personal history to the meaning of the novel.
(d) They neglect several characters and only focus on one or two.

10. What is an "epistolary novel?"
(a) A novel centering around a mythical being.
(b) A novel told from the perspective of a single character.
(c) A novel told through letters.
(d) A novel set in Medieval times.

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

12. What does Merteuil do to get herself in the mood for sex with her lover?
(a) She drinks wine.
(b) She gazes at herself in the mirror.
(c) She reads.
(d) She daydreams.

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

14. What occurs in the tale of seduction Valmont tells Merteuil in letter 79?
(a) Three couples get hoodwinked by one man.
(b) Valmont himself and two unnamed women.
(c) One woman seduces three brothers.
(d) The many mistresses of the King.

15. What was Laclos' relationship with his own wife and children?
(a) He was harsh and abusive.
(b) He was cold and distant.
(c) He was timid and shy.
(d) He was warm and loving.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the main rule of Valmont's and Merteuil's seductions?

2. What does Danceny refuse to do, despite Madame de Volanges' request?

3. What does Madame de Tourvel allow Valmont to do?

4. What is the name of the school-friend to whom Cécile writes?

5. What is the first action Valmont takes to make Madame de Tourvel look favorably upon him?

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