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. Valmont asserts that a girl who has no respect for her mother will what?
(a) Have a moral mindset.
(b) Have no self-respect, either.
(c) Have no idea what love is about.
(d) Have concerns about sex.

2. What is Merteuil careful to say in Prévan's hearing when they meet for the second time?
(a) That she feels faint and needs to lie down.
(b) That she fancies a dashing young man.
(c) That she will be at home in two days.
(d) That she grows weary of widowhood.

3. 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 gladly took on Madame de Tourvel's seduction on a dare.
(c) Valmont wanted to investigate his own seductive powers.
(d) Valmont was bored and wanted a project to occupy his time.

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

5. Which category of women does Merteuil consider the most worthwhile?
(a) Mysterious, enigmatic widows.
(b) Independent, intelligent women of character.
(c) Middle-aged, hardened, despairing women.
(d) Young, pretty, dull women.

6. What has Merteuil begun to think about Belleroche?
(a) She thinks he is a better lover than Valmont.
(b) She considers marrying him.
(c) She becomes tired of him and needs a break.
(d) She has suspicions that he has another lover.

7. 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) A lawsuit involving her.
(c) Her planned travels across the Continent.
(d) The death of one of Merteuil's close relatives.

8. What does Valmont tell Danceny in letter 89?
(a) That Cécile sets her sights on a new man.
(b) That Cécile's love grows stronger every day.
(c) That Cécile pines away for Danceny.
(d) That Cécile does not trust him.

9. Why is Madame de Tourvel suddenly convinced that Valmont no longer loves her?
(a) She saw him in the company of a prostitute.
(b) She saw a vision of her husband.
(c) She observes signs of his disinterest.
(d) She received a cold, dismissive letter from him.

10. What does Cécile do that surprises her mother?
(a) Begs to die like Madame de Tourvel.
(b) Confesses the truth of her relationship with Valmont.
(c) Vehemently expresses her disgust for Merteuil.
(d) Goes to a convent to become a nun.

11. Why is Merteuil's maid trustworthy?
(a) Merteuil knows her maid's greatest secret.
(b) Merteuil threatened to kill the maid if she betrays Merteuil.
(c) Merteuil pays the maid an exorbitant salary for her cooperation.
(d) The maid is Merteuil's daughter.

12. What does Valmont entice Danceny to do?
(a) Choose Merteuil, an experienced lover, over Cécile, an ignorant girl.
(b) Apologize to Madame de Volanges for leading her daughter astray.
(c) Use one of Cécile's maids as a way to practice his sexual technique.
(d) Abandon his excursion with Merteuil in favor of secretly meeting with Cécile.

13. What news does Bertrand bring to Madame de Rosemonde?
(a) The news of Cécile's insanity.
(b) The news of Valmont's death.
(c) The news of Valmont's triumph.
(d) The news of Madame de Volanges' death.

14. How did Merteuil become adept at controlling her facial features?
(a) Her time as an actress gave her opportunities to practice facial expressions.
(b) She woke up one day and was suddenly able to control her features.
(c) By observing how other people conceal what they think or feel.
(d) As a child, her tutor of manners was strict and taught her well.

15. What is Madame de Tourvel's reaction upon being left alone in her room with Valmont?
(a) She refuses to have anything to do with him.
(b) She professes her undying love for him.
(c) She bursts into tears and calls for her maid.
(d) She goes into delirious convulsions.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Prévan get into Merteuil's room on the night of his apparent victory?

2. What does Danceny do to Merteuil, as reported by Madame de Volanges in letter 168?

3. What does Valmont suspect about Cécile?

4. Why has Merteuil never remarried?

5. What happens to Prévan after Merteuil gets done with him?

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