Les Liaisons Dangereuses Test | Final Test - Easy

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 opinion about love does Merteuil voice to Valmont?
(a) Pleasure is followed by aversion.
(b) Love is the lowest human feeling.
(c) Sex is based only on physical need.
(d) Marriage is the highest form of love.

2. What does Madame de Rosemonde advise Madame de Volanges do about Cécile?
(a) Allow her to take the veil.
(b) Leave her to her own immoral devices.
(c) Punish her by depriving her of attention.
(d) Encourage her to marry the Comte de Gercourt.

3. How does Cécile respond to Valmont's suggestion about their secret correspondence?
(a) She asks to speak to Danceny directly.
(b) She refuses to steal her mother's key.
(c) She suggests they use a third party to pass their letters.
(d) She agrees to Valmont's request for more time.

4. How did Merteuil approach sex on her wedding night?
(a) As a horrifying violation to fear.
(b) As a trial to overcome.
(c) As a boring chore to complete.
(d) As an experience to observe.

5. What event not directly described in the novel weighs heavily on Merteuil's mind?
(a) A devastating fire in a wealthy area of Paris.
(b) Her planned travels across the Continent.
(c) A lawsuit involving her.
(d) The death of one of Merteuil's close relatives.

6. What does Merteuil advise Madame de Volanges regarding Cécile?
(a) To shut her away in a convent.
(b) To maintain her engagement to Gercourt.
(c) To disown her and throw her out on the street.
(d) To allow her to elope with Danceny.

7. In letter 147, what startling news does Madame de Volanges notify Madame de Rosemonde of?
(a) Madame de Tourvel's sudden, serious illness.
(b) Danceny's agonized decision to take orders as a clergyman.
(c) Valmont's duel with Monsieur de Tourvel.
(d) Cécile's pregnancy.

8. What does Merteuil think is dull above all else?
(a) Men who attract women through their intellect, not their personalities.
(b) Women who sleep with men only because they can't say "no."
(c) Men who only use one method of seduction over and over.
(d) Women whose coyness borders on rude dismissiveness.

9. What does Madame de Tourvel do that makes Valmont despair?
(a) She sells her story of his seduction to the Paris newspapers.
(b) She leaves the country estate without telling him.
(c) She has in fact tricked and seduced him, instead of the other way around.
(d) She chooses to have an affair with Danceny.

10. What is the reason for Valmont's seduction of Madame de Tourvel, according to what Valmont tells Merteuil in letter 133?
(a) Valmont was bored and wanted a project to occupy his time.
(b) Valmont felt he needed more practice at ordinary seductions.
(c) Valmont gladly took on Madame de Tourvel's seduction on a dare.
(d) Valmont wanted to investigate his own seductive powers.

11. What does Valmont teach Cécile when they are alone together?
(a) How to become the next Merteuil.
(b) Dirty language and sexual positions.
(c) How to take precautions against pregnancy.
(d) How to be modest and seem virginal for Gercourt.

12. How does Valmont and Madame de Tourvel's first sexual encounter go?
(a) She faints and he rapes her.
(b) She surprises him with her refined technique.
(c) It is a mutually satisfying experience.
(d) They are interrupted by a servant halfway through.

13. What does Danceny resolve to do at the end of the novel?
(a) Take vows as a member of the Knights of Malta.
(b) Pine away and die a lonely, pitiful death.
(c) Collect the letters from everyone and publish them.
(d) Continue to love Cécile from afar until his dying day.

14. Whom does Cécile enlist as help in her escapades with her lover?
(a) Her old nurse.
(b) Her mother's cook.
(c) The house porter.
(d) Valmont's butler.

15. What happens to Prévan after Merteuil gets done with him?
(a) His commander orders his arrest.
(b) He duels with Merteuil's lover, Belleroche.
(c) He flees the country in disgrace.
(d) He proclaims himself innocent in a court of law.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reflection does Madame de Rosemonde offer to Danceny in letter 171?

2. How did Merteuil become adept at controlling her facial features?

3. How does Merteuil increase sympathy for herself?

4. Whom does Merteuil target for her next seduction?

5. Why is Merteuil's maid trustworthy?

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