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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 does the author of the Editor's Preface claim he has done?
(a) Written all the letters himself, from the perspective of fictional characters.
(b) Collected and organized real letters, and provided occasional notes.
(c) Written the story of his own group of friends into the form of letters.
(d) Translated these letters from another language into French.

2. What advice does Valmont give to Madame de Tourvel?
(a) Tell others of his love for Valmont, and they will understand.
(b) Love, and her fears will vanish.
(c) Succumb to desire and she will pay the price.
(d) Desert her husband, in order to marry Valmont.

3. Who is the author of the Editor's Preface?
(a) Philippe-Égalité.
(b) Choderlos de Laclos.
(c) A close friend of Laclos.
(d) Laclos' wife, Marie-Soulange Duperré.

4. What does Madame de Tourvel tell Madame de Volanges she will do to get rid of Valmont?
(a) She will blackmail and humiliate him.
(b) She will ask him to leave his aunt's estate.
(c) She will leave Madame de Rosemonde's estate.
(d) She will fake her own death.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What occurs in the tale of seduction Valmont tells Merteuil in letter 79?

3. What is a "little house?"

4. How do today's readers of Laclos interpret his novel?

5. What advice does Cécile's friend offer regarding Danceny's letter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What was the general response to _Les Liaisons Dangereuses_ in the 20th century?

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

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

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

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

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