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

2. What does Valmont know Merteuil dislikes reading about?
(a) She dislikes reading about Cécile's progress with Danceny.
(b) She dislikes reading about Valmont's past seductions.
(c) She dislikes reading about Valmont's progress with Madame de Tourvel.
(d) She dislikes reading Valmont's preachy advice.

3. What does Valmont brag about to Merteuil at the beginning of Part IV?
(a) He wounded Danceny in a duel.
(b) He successfully seduced Madame de Tourvel.
(c) He publicly humiliated Madame de Volanges.
(d) He made Cécile his love-slave.

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

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

6. 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 bursts into tears and calls for her maid.
(c) She professes her undying love for him.
(d) She goes into delirious convulsions.

7. How does Merteuil think of Madame de Tourvel?
(a) As a sorry case to be pitied.
(b) As a rival whom she defeated.
(c) As a no-good whore.
(d) As a pupil whom she trained.

8. 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 received a cold, dismissive letter from him.
(d) She observes signs of his disinterest.

9. What does the unsigned note to Danceny communicate?
(a) It suggests that he elope with Cécile.
(b) It warns him that charges may be laid against him.
(c) It vehemently accuses him of devilish acts.
(d) It asks him for forgiveness for Valmont's actions.

10. Why has Merteuil never remarried?
(a) She never meets anyone, but boring old men.
(b) She wants to retain independent control of her fortune.
(c) She is averse to the idea of belonging to one man.
(d) She dislikes anyone having the right to complain about her behavior.

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

12. How long has Valmont spent seducing Madame de Tourvel?
(a) Six months.
(b) Three months.
(c) A year.
(d) Several weeks.

13. Whom does Valmont's valet count on to get him access to Madame de Tourvel?
(a) Valmont's friend, Étienne.
(b) Her brother, Andres.
(c) No one.
(d) Her maid, Julie.

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

15. What does Cécile assert to Danceny after his letter reveals his suspicions?
(a) That she will refuse to see him again.
(b) That if they will both be unhappy, it won't be entirely her fault.
(c) That she and Valmont decided not to listen to Danceny.
(d) That her mother will never discover Cécile's plan.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Madame de Rosemonde offer Madame de Tourvel in her return letter?

2. What action does Valmont propose to Cécile to facilitate their secret correspondence?

3. What event not directly described in the novel weighs heavily on Merteuil's mind?

4. What news does Bertrand bring to Madame de Rosemonde?

5. How does Valmont and Madame de Tourvel's first sexual encounter go?

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