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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What has Merteuil begun to think about Belleroche?
(a) She becomes tired of him and needs a break.
(b) She considers marrying him.
(c) She thinks he is a better lover than Valmont.
(d) She has suspicions that he has another lover.
2. What opinion about love does Merteuil voice to Valmont?
(a) Pleasure is followed by aversion.
(b) Love is the lowest human feeling.
(c) Marriage is the highest form of love.
(d) Sex is based only on physical need.
3. What does Cécile do that surprises her mother?
(a) Confesses the truth of her relationship with Valmont.
(b) Vehemently expresses her disgust for Merteuil.
(c) Begs to die like Madame de Tourvel.
(d) Goes to a convent to become a nun.
4. How does Merteuil's story end?
(a) She travels the Continent to seduce more men.
(b) She goes into hiding and assumes a false name.
(c) She is bankrupt, disfigured, and shunned.
(d) She becomes celebrated, adored, and idolized.
5. Why has Merteuil never remarried?
(a) She never meets anyone, but boring old men.
(b) She dislikes anyone having the right to complain about her behavior.
(c) She is averse to the idea of belonging to one man.
(d) She wants to retain independent control of her fortune.
6. Upon what does Valmont blame the incident which causes Madame de Tourvel to think Valmont does not love her?
(a) A case of mistaken identity.
(b) An innocent remark from Madame de Volanges.
(c) The plotting of Madame de Tourvel's husband.
(d) Valmont's desire to help an old acquaintance.
7. In letter 147, what startling news does Madame de Volanges notify Madame de Rosemonde of?
(a) Danceny's agonized decision to take orders as a clergyman.
(b) Valmont's duel with Monsieur de Tourvel.
(c) Madame de Tourvel's sudden, serious illness.
(d) Cécile's pregnancy.
8. What does Merteuil think is dull above all else?
(a) Men who only use one method of seduction over and over.
(b) Women who sleep with men only because they can't say "no."
(c) Men who attract women through their intellect, not their personalities.
(d) Women whose coyness borders on rude dismissiveness.
9. What does Madame de Rosemonde offer Madame de Tourvel in her return letter?
(a) Confusion, curiosity, and ignorance.
(b) Understanding, forgiveness, and hope.
(c) Happiness, joy, and congratulations.
(d) Censure, chastisement, and disappointment.
10. How does Valmont and Madame de Tourvel's first sexual encounter go?
(a) She surprises him with her refined technique.
(b) They are interrupted by a servant halfway through.
(c) She faints and he rapes her.
(d) It is a mutually satisfying experience.
11. What does Danceny complain to Merteuil about in letter 118?
(a) Valmont's relationship with Cécile.
(b) Cécile's coyness about his love for her.
(c) Merteuil's lover, Belleroche.
(d) Their current inability to be with each other.
12. What does Valmont brag about to Merteuil at the beginning of Part IV?
(a) He publicly humiliated Madame de Volanges.
(b) He made Cécile his love-slave.
(c) He successfully seduced Madame de Tourvel.
(d) He wounded Danceny in a duel.
13. Whom does Cécile enlist as help in her escapades with her lover?
(a) Her mother's cook.
(b) Her old nurse.
(c) The house porter.
(d) Valmont's butler.
14. What does Valmont tell Danceny in letter 89?
(a) That Cécile's love grows stronger every day.
(b) That Cécile does not trust him.
(c) That Cécile pines away for Danceny.
(d) That Cécile sets her sights on a new man.
15. What does Madame de Tourvel regret in letter 124?
(a) That she must agree to whatever Valmont asks of her.
(b) That she must be forever miserable for sacrificing Valmont.
(c) That she lost Madame de Rosemonde's respect.
(d) That Valmont returned all her letters instead of keeping them.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Merteuil effectively refuse to do with Valmont?
2. Whom does Valmont's valet count on to get him access to Madame de Tourvel?
3. How does Cécile respond to Merteuil's advice about her relationship with Valmont?
4. What event not directly described in the novel weighs heavily on Merteuil's mind?
5. Valmont asserts that a girl who has no respect for her mother will what?
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