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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. What is an "epistolary novel?"
(a) A novel told through letters.
(b) A novel set in Medieval times.
(c) A novel told from the perspective of a single character.
(d) A novel centering around a mythical being.

2. What does Madame de Volanges threaten to do to Danceny?
(a) Bankrupt him.
(b) Ban him from her house.
(c) Publicly expose him.
(d) Have him arrested.

3. What does Cécile think are pretty much the same thing?
(a) Friendship and marriage.
(b) Friendship and love.
(c) Innocence and ignorance.
(d) Sex and love.

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

5. What has Merteuil tricked Cécile into doing?
(a) Refusing to marry the Comte de Gercourt.
(b) Telling Madame de Volanges about her love for Danceny.
(c) Meeting with Danceny alone.
(d) Sleeping with Valmont.

Short Answer Questions

1. As of letter 44, what has Madame de Tourvel done with Valmont's letters?

2. How does Cécile generally feel about the prospect of soon being married?

3. What was the beginning of Laclos' military career like?

4. What is the tone of Cécile's letter 55 to Sophie?

5. What does Madame de Tourvel offer Valmont?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cécile describe Danceny to her friend Sophie?

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

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

4. What does the author of the Introduction say about potential political messages of social commentary in Laclos' novel?

5. Who is Merteuil's "knight," and what does she think of him?

6. What was Choderlos de Laclos' position in society? Describe his family life.

7. What does Merteuil suggest, in different forms, to Cécile and Valmont?

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

9. What were Laclos' general views on politics and gender relations?

10. What serious warning does Valmont give Merteuil?

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