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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. Who or what does Coward see as at fault for the events of the novel?
(a) The actions of individuals.
(b) The pressures of the social caste system.
(c) The fate handed down by God.
(d) The natural, undeniable human sexual curiosity.

2. What else does David Coward, author of the Introduction, insist is a factor in libertine novels?
(a) The questioning of humanity's purpose on earth.
(b) The provocation of social mores.
(c) The surrealist confusion of society.
(d) The reinforcement of ancient wisdom.

3. Who does Valmont trick to spend time with the Vicomtesse de M?
(a) Philippe.
(b) Merteuil.
(c) Armand.
(d) Vressac.

4. In letter 52, what does Valmont accuse Madame de Tourvel of slandering?
(a) The generosity of Valmont's aunt.
(b) Valmont's reputation.
(c) The concepts of friendship and trust.
(d) Her own reputation.

5. What is the name of the school-friend to whom Cécile writes?
(a) Francoise.
(b) Émilie.
(c) Sophie.
(d) Eliza.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why, says Madame de Tourvel in letter 78, was she wary toward Valmont when they first met?

2. What euphemism does Merteuil use to refer to her lover?

3. What does Madame de Tourvel tell Madame de Volanges she will do to get rid of Valmont?

4. What advice does Valmont give to Madame de Tourvel?

5. How does Valmont trick Madame de Volanges into receiving his second letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize Prévan's "legendary" feat of seduction according to Valmont.

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

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

4. What is the content of Danceny's letters to Cécile?

5. What subterfuge does Valmont use to come into possession of Madame de Tourvel's letters?

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

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

8. What does Merteuil assert is the reason women become "victims" of seduction?

9. Describe Cécile's relationship with Merteuil.

10. What action does Valmont take to make Madame de Tourvel love him, and what are the results?

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