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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What else does David Coward, author of the Introduction, insist is a factor in libertine novels?
(a) The surrealist confusion of society.
(b) The reinforcement of ancient wisdom.
(c) The questioning of humanity's purpose on earth.
(d) The provocation of social mores.
2. How does Madame de Tourvel react when Valmont professes his love?
(a) She stands bemused and silent.
(b) She bursts into tears.
(c) She scolds him.
(d) She faints on the floor.
3. What is the name of the school-friend to whom Cécile writes?
4. In his other writings, what view did Laclos take of women?
(a) Women should not be enslaved by a male-dominated society.
(b) A woman's honor was tied to their virginity.
(c) Women should be seen or heard.
(d) Women were corruptors of society.
5. Who wrote the Publisher's Foreword to _Les Liasons Dangerueses_?
(a) The Duke d'Orleans.
(b) The owner of the shop in which the book was printed.
(c) Choderlos de Laclos.
(d) Laclos' wife, Marie-Soulange Duperré.
6. Whom does Danceny trust to help him continue his relationship with Cécile?
(a) Madame de Tourvel.
(c) Madame de Rosemonde.
7. What does Merteuil call the woman Valmont wishes to seduce?
(a) A child.
(b) A hag.
(c) A trollop.
(d) A prude.
8. 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.
9. Whom does Merteuil want to manipulate into a relationship with Cécile?
(a) Monsieur de Tourvel.
10. What event does Valmont tell Madame de Tourvel secured his love for her?
(a) Hearing of her piety from Madame de Rosemonde.
(b) His charitable actions toward the peasants.
(c) Looking into her eyes on a starlit evening.
(d) Meeting her for the first time.
11. With what circumstance is Danceny most frustrated?
(a) The weather prevents him from traveling.
(b) Valmont's apparent silence on Danceny and Cécile's affair.
(c) His inability to express his feelings to Cécile.
(d) The inconvenience of being stuck in Paris for business matters.
12. Who are the two people Cécile admits she likes best?
(a) Danceny and Madame de Volanges.
(b) Merteuil and Madame de Rosemonde.
(c) Valmont and Merteuil.
(d) Merteuil and Danceny.
13. What does the author of the Editor's Preface claim he has done?
(a) Written the story of his own group of friends into the form of letters.
(b) Collected and organized real letters, and provided occasional notes.
(c) Written all the letters himself, from the perspective of fictional characters.
(d) Translated these letters from another language into French.
14. What does Madame de Volanges say about Valmont to Madame de Tourvel in letter 9?
(a) Valmont has an addiction to gambling.
(b) Valmont has an excellent reputation around town.
(c) Valmont is trustworthy and honest.
(d) Valmont is dangerous and deceitful.
15. How does Coward characterize each "chapter" in __Les Liaisons Dangereuses_?
(a) They are "theatrical."
(b) They are "stodgy."
(c) They are "flighty."
(d) They are "identical to one another."
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Valmont avoid detection of his and the Vicomtesse's dalliance?
2. What idea does Merteuil plant in Cécile's head after the revelation of her and Danceny's love?
3. With whom does Valmont conspire to trick and humiliate a new acquaintance?
4. In letter 52, what does Valmont accuse Madame de Tourvel of slandering?
5. On what issue does Cécile ask Merteuil's advice in letter 27?
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