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Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Valmont contrive to grope the woman he wants to seduce?
(a) By grabbing her from behind.
(b) By pretending to stumble into her.
(c) By carrying her across a ditch.
(d) By helping her mount a horse.

2. Against whom does Valmont warn Merteuil in letter 70?
(a) Danceny.
(b) Prévan.
(c) Bertram.
(d) Azolan.

3. Into which main form(s) was __Les Liaisons Dangereuses_ reproduced in the 20th century?
(a) Plays and film adaptations.
(b) Factual memoirs.
(c) Lyric poetry.
(d) Novellas.

4. What does Merteuil think is Valmont's greatest flaw in his plan of seduction?
(a) His specific tone of voice with Madame de Tourvel.
(b) His endeavor to appear to have reformed his libertine ways.
(c) His coming on too strong.
(d) His reliance on writing letters.

5. What event does Valmont tell Madame de Tourvel secured his love for her?
(a) Meeting her for the first time.
(b) Hearing of her piety from Madame de Rosemonde.
(c) Looking into her eyes on a starlit evening.
(d) His charitable actions toward the peasants.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did French society view Laclos after the publication of _Les Liaisons Dangereuses_?

2. Who wrote the Publisher's Foreword to _Les Liasons Dangerueses_?

3. In letter 20, what does Merteuil promise Valmont upon the success of his seduction of Madame de Tourvel?

4. How does Valmont's tale of seduction end?

5. What literary tradition does Coward see as applicable?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Merteuil and Valmont's plans for Danceny and Cécile at the beginning of Part II?

2. What defines or designates the "libertine" literary tradition?

3. How does Valmont describe Madame de Tourvel?

4. How does Merteuil respond to Valmont's warning?

5. What does Valmont essentially tell Merteuil about their relationship with each other in letter 15?

6. How does the Publisher's Foreword introduce the novel?

7. What does the author of the Introduction say is particularly engaging about Laclos' use of the epistolary form?

8. What does the Editor state in the Editor's Preface?

9. How does Cécile feel about Danceny's first letter?

10. What are the general contents of Valmont's love letters to Madame de Tourvel?

(see the answer keys)

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