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

2. How did French society view Laclos after the publication of _Les Liaisons Dangereuses_?
(a) As a "genius."
(b) As a "saint."
(c) As a "monster."
(d) As a "mystery."

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

4. How does Valmont force Madame de Tourvel's maid to help with his plans?
(a) He bribes her with 400 francs.
(b) He threatens to blackmail her.
(c) He rapes her.
(d) He humiliates her by forcing her to be naked.

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

6. What is the name of the school-friend to whom Cécile writes?
(a) Sophie.
(b) Francoise.
(c) Émilie.
(d) Eliza.

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

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

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

10. Who is the author of the Editor's Preface?
(a) Choderlos de Laclos.
(b) A close friend of Laclos.
(c) Laclos' wife, Marie-Soulange Duperré.
(d) Philippe-Égalité.

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

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

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

14. Who or what does Coward see as at fault for the events of the novel?
(a) The pressures of the social caste system.
(b) The fate handed down by God.
(c) The natural, undeniable human sexual curiosity.
(d) The actions of individuals.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What else does David Coward, author of the Introduction, insist is a factor in libertine novels?

2. On what issue does Cécile ask Merteuil's advice in letter 27?

3. How does Valmont spy on Madame de Tourvel?

4. In letter 26, what does Madame de Tourvel blame on her impassioned outburst?

5. As of letter 44, what has Madame de Tourvel done with Valmont's letters?

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