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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is the tone of Cécile's letter to Merteuil after her encounter with Valmont?
(a) Proud and haughty.
(b) Excited and jocular.
(c) Ashamed and confused.
(d) Quiet and reserved.
2. What does Merteuil advise Cécile to do after being raped by Valmont?
(a) Give into pleasure and take Valmont as a lover.
(b) Keep the event secret from Danceny and elope with him.
(c) Confess everything to her mother and ask for forgiveness.
(d) Give into despair.
3. What does Merteuil assert that Madame de Tourvel is doing to Valmont?
(a) Leading him on.
(b) Hardening his heart.
(c) Making him more intelligent.
(d) Boring him to death.
4. Valmont asserts that a girl who has no respect for her mother will what?
(a) Have no idea what love is about.
(b) Have a moral mindset.
(c) Have concerns about sex.
(d) Have no self-respect, either.
5. 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.
6. How did Merteuil approach sex on her wedding night?
(a) As a trial to overcome.
(b) As a boring chore to complete.
(c) As an experience to observe.
(d) As a horrifying violation to fear.
7. How does Madame de Rosemonde respond to Madame de Tourvel's news concerning herself and Valmont?
(a) With disappointment and censure.
(b) With rage and harsh words.
(c) With calm, pious acceptance.
(d) With confusion and curiosity.
8. What happens to Cécile when Valmont's door opens while they are together?
(a) She faints, then wakes to formulate an explanation.
(b) She decides to run away and live on the streets.
(c) She has a seizure and miscarries.
(d) She goes mad and must be institutionalized.
9. What event not directly described in the novel weighs heavily on Merteuil's mind?
(a) A lawsuit involving her.
(b) Her planned travels across the Continent.
(c) The death of one of Merteuil's close relatives.
(d) A devastating fire in a wealthy area of Paris.
10. How does Valmont and Madame de Tourvel's first sexual encounter go?
(a) It is a mutually satisfying experience.
(b) She surprises him with her refined technique.
(c) They are interrupted by a servant halfway through.
(d) She faints and he rapes her.
11. What did the person whom Valmont sent to Madame de Tourvel do?
(a) The person suggested Madame de Tourvel run away.
(b) The person convinced her to see Valmont.
(c) The person told the legal authorities about Valmont's activities.
(d) The person argued against Valmont's case.
12. What does Valmont do when alone with Cécile in her room?
(a) He terrorizes her.
(b) He rapes her.
(c) He lectures her.
(d) He comforts her.
13. 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.
14. What is the reason for Valmont's seduction of Madame de Tourvel, according to what Valmont tells Merteuil in letter 133?
(a) Valmont felt he needed more practice at ordinary seductions.
(b) Valmont was bored and wanted a project to occupy his time.
(c) Valmont wanted to investigate his own seductive powers.
(d) Valmont gladly took on Madame de Tourvel's seduction on a dare.
15. What does Madame de Rosemonde advise Madame de Volanges do about Cécile?
(a) Encourage her to marry the Comte de Gercourt.
(b) Allow her to take the veil.
(c) Punish her by depriving her of attention.
(d) Leave her to her own immoral devices.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Danceny respond upon learning of Valmont's treachery?
2. What does Danceny complain to Merteuil about in letter 118?
3. What does Valmont instruct his valet to do in Paris?
4. What does Valmont know Merteuil dislikes reading about?
5. How does Madame de Tourvel feel about Valmont?
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