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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Which place in the social hierarchy did Laclos' family occupy?
(a) The highest form of the gentry.
(b) The lowest form of nobility.
(c) The peasant class.
(d) The clergy.
2. What is the tone of Cécile's letter 55 to Sophie?
(a) Adult and experienced.
(b) Gloating and mocking.
(c) Tender and cautious.
(d) Frightened and remorseful.
3. Who or what does Coward see as at fault for the events of the novel?
(a) The natural, undeniable human sexual curiosity.
(b) The pressures of the social caste system.
(c) The actions of individuals.
(d) The fate handed down by God.
4. What does Madame de Volanges say about Valmont to Madame de Tourvel in letter 9?
(a) Valmont is trustworthy and honest.
(b) Valmont has an excellent reputation around town.
(c) Valmont is dangerous and deceitful.
(d) Valmont has an addiction to gambling.
5. To whom does the Marquise de Merteuil confide her plots?
(b) Madame de Tourvel.
(c) Madame de Volanges.
6. What euphemism does Merteuil use to refer to her lover?
7. How do today's readers of Laclos interpret his novel?
(a) They find that each character has definite motivations.
(b) They neglect several characters and only focus on one or two.
(c) They cannot agree on the ambiguous meanings and motivations of the characters.
(d) They always apply Laclos' personal history to the meaning of the novel.
8. What common subjects of social satire is the novel clearly lacking, according to Coward?
(a) Servants and peasants.
(b) Adult males, financiers, and clergymen.
(c) Innocent young women and men.
(d) Artists, musicians, and stage actors.
9. What does "libertine" generally refer to in 18th-century France?
(a) Sexual depravity.
(b) Conservative political ideals.
(c) Pious worship of God.
(d) Conventional wisdom.
10. What does Madame de Tourvel allow Valmont to do?
(a) Tell Madame de Rosemonde about his feelings for her.
(b) Have sex with her.
(c) Write to her while they are apart.
(d) Stay at Madame de Rosemonde's estate.
11. What does Valmont ask Madame de Tourvel to do in letter 35?
(a) Divorce her husband, the judge.
(b) Give him the names of those saying bad things about him.
(c) Commit to a sexual relationship with him.
(d) Move to Paris so they can be seen in society together.
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 does Merteuil call the woman Valmont wishes to seduce?
(a) A child.
(b) A hag.
(c) A trollop.
(d) A prude.
14. In letter 52, what does Valmont accuse Madame de Tourvel of slandering?
(a) Valmont's reputation.
(b) The concepts of friendship and trust.
(c) The generosity of Valmont's aunt.
(d) Her own reputation.
15. How does Merteuil respond to Valmont's warning about the man who wants to pursue her?
(a) She takes Valmont's advice to beware.
(b) She decides to pursue the man.
(c) She ignores his warning and forgets the man.
(d) She resolves to reform the man's libertine ways.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Madame de Tourvel promise to Madame de Volanges in letter 11?
2. With what circumstance is Danceny most frustrated?
3. What does Merteuil call Danceny in letter 38?
4. What is an "epistolary novel?"
5. How does Valmont give Cécile her letter from Danceny?
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