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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does Cécile generally feel about the prospect of soon being married?
(a) Anxious and frightened.
(b) Excited, but confused.
(c) Depressed and dour.
(d) Haughty and snobbish.
2. What is a "little house?"
(a) The servants' quarters, attached to a large estate.
(b) A temporary dwelling for those on the run from the law.
(c) A luxurious love-nest in the country.
(d) A peasant hovel.
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 fate handed down by God.
(d) The actions of individuals.
4. What does Madame de Volanges threaten to do to Danceny?
(a) Publicly expose him.
(b) Have him arrested.
(c) Bankrupt him.
(d) Ban him from her house.
5. In his other writings, what view did Laclos take of women?
(a) A woman's honor was tied to their virginity.
(b) Women should be seen or heard.
(c) Women should not be enslaved by a male-dominated society.
(d) Women were corruptors of society.
6. Who are the two people Cécile admits she likes best?
(a) Merteuil and Danceny.
(b) Valmont and Merteuil.
(c) Merteuil and Madame de Rosemonde.
(d) Danceny and Madame de Volanges.
7. Why, says Madame de Tourvel in letter 78, was she wary toward Valmont when they first met?
(a) His jocular disposition irritated her.
(b) She resented being the object of his affection.
(c) His negative reputation put her on her guard.
(d) She was confused about her feelings towards him.
8. What does Laclos favor over the well-trained mind?
(a) A feeling heart.
(b) A high social station.
(c) A stout constitution.
(d) A sense of humor.
9. What is an "epistolary novel?"
(a) A novel set in Medieval times.
(b) A novel told through letters.
(c) A novel centering around a mythical being.
(d) A novel told from the perspective of a single character.
10. How does Valmont give Cécile her letter from Danceny?
(a) He reads it aloud.
(b) He tosses it in her lap.
(c) He slips it under her bedroom door.
(d) He gives it to her on a walk in the countryside.
11. Which place in the social hierarchy did Laclos' family occupy?
(a) The peasant class.
(b) The lowest form of nobility.
(c) The highest form of the gentry.
(d) The clergy.
12. Who is the author of the Editor's Preface?
(a) A close friend of Laclos.
(b) Choderlos de Laclos.
(d) Laclos' wife, Marie-Soulange Duperré.
13. How does Valmont avoid detection of his and the Vicomtesse's dalliance?
(a) He accuses her of sleeping with a different man.
(b) He sneaks away from the house before everyone wakes.
(c) He pretends to become ill and incapable of making love.
(d) He pretends there was a burglar in her room.
14. Whom does Cécile's mother intend for her to marry?
(a) Monsieur de Prévan.
(b) The Comte de Gercourt.
(c) The Chevalier Danceny.
(d) The Vicomte de Valmont.
15. How do today's readers of Laclos interpret his novel?
(a) They find that each character has definite motivations.
(b) They always apply Laclos' personal history to the meaning of the novel.
(c) They neglect several characters and only focus on one or two.
(d) They cannot agree on the ambiguous meanings and motivations of the characters.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where is Madame de Tourvel staying while her husband is away?
2. What common subjects of social satire is the novel clearly lacking, according to Coward?
3. In letter 15, what does Valmont call Merteuil about her attentions to her current lover?
4. What is Valmont and Danceny's relationship as of letter 57?
5. How does Valmont's tale of seduction end?
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