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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. In his other writings, what view did Laclos take of women?
(a) Women were corruptors of society.
(b) Women should not be enslaved by a male-dominated society.
(c) Women should be seen or heard.
(d) A woman's honor was tied to their virginity.

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

3. How does Danceny give his first note to Cécile?
(a) He throws it on her lap.
(b) He slips it under her bedroom door.
(c) He gives it to Valmont to pass to her.
(d) He hides it in her harp case.

4. According to the author of the Editor's Preface, what is the value of a work of literature?
(a) The price it can be sold at; the wealth it can bring its author.
(b) Its moral obligation to society.
(c) The opportunity it offers its readers to escape their dull, daily lives.
(d) Its usefulness to society and/or the pleasure it gives its readers.

5. In letter 5, how does Merteuil react to Valmont's object of desire?
(a) She encourages his plan of seduction.
(b) She places absolute faith in Valmont.
(c) She expresses doubts as to his capability.
(d) She is incredulous and mocking.

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

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

8. 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) Written all the letters himself, from the perspective of fictional characters.
(c) Collected and organized real letters, and provided occasional notes.
(d) Translated these letters from another language into French.

9. How does Madame de Tourvel react when Valmont professes his love?
(a) She scolds him.
(b) She bursts into tears.
(c) She faints on the floor.
(d) She stands bemused and silent.

10. What is the tone of Cécile's letter 55 to Sophie?
(a) Tender and cautious.
(b) Frightened and remorseful.
(c) Adult and experienced.
(d) Gloating and mocking.

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

12. To whom does the Marquise de Merteuil confide her plots?
(a) Madame de Volanges.
(b) Danceny.
(c) Madame de Tourvel.
(d) Valmont.

13. What does Merteuil think is Valmont's greatest flaw in his plan of seduction?
(a) His specific tone of voice with Madame de Tourvel.
(b) His reliance on writing letters.
(c) His endeavor to appear to have reformed his libertine ways.
(d) His coming on too strong.

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

15. What euphemism does Merteuil use to refer to her lover?
(a) "Swain."
(b) "Pastime."
(c) "Distraction."
(d) "Knight."

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Cécile live before coming home to Paris?

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

3. What does "libertine" generally refer to in 18th-century France?

4. How did Laclos' contemporary critics feel his novel would impact society?

5. How did French society view Laclos after the publication of _Les Liaisons Dangereuses_?

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