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

2. Why must Cécile's marriage be postponed?
(a) Her fiancé is away with his regiment.
(b) Her fiancé is gravely ill.
(c) Cécile plans to travel and further her education.
(d) Cécile has second thoughts about marriage.

3. What does Merteuil call Danceny in letter 38?
(a) Brainy and obtuse.
(b) Quiet and wise.
(c) Stupid and boring.
(d) Canny and secretive.

4. According to Merteuil in letter 10, which pretext do women use to submit to sexual pleasure with a man?
(a) Women use the excuse of weak-mindedness.
(b) Women allow themselves to be raped.
(c) Women initiate their own seductions.
(d) Women come to secret agreements with their lovers.

5. Who wrote the Publisher's Foreword to _Les Liasons Dangerueses_?
(a) Laclos' wife, Marie-Soulange Duperré.
(b) The owner of the shop in which the book was printed.
(c) Choderlos de Laclos.
(d) The Duke d'Orleans.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Valmont trick to spend time with the Vicomtesse de M?

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

3. How does Coward characterize each "chapter" in __Les Liaisons Dangereuses_?

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

5. What is an "epistolary novel?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Merteuil's end in the novel.

2. Describe Cécile de Volanges.

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

4. Describe how Madame de Tourvel changes after being abandoned by Valmont.

5. What causes Cécile to become worried and sad about her upcoming marriage?

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

7. How does Valmont thwart Merteuil with regards to Danceny?

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

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

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

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