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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. Where is Madame de Tourvel staying while her husband is away?
(a) With Madame de Volanges in Paris.
(b) At a home she owns in Paris.
(c) At a convent.
(d) With Madame de Rosemonde in the country.

2. What does Madame de Tourvel allow Valmont to do?
(a) Stay at Madame de Rosemonde's estate.
(b) Write to her while they are apart.
(c) Have sex with her.
(d) Tell Madame de Rosemonde about his feelings for her.

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

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

5. Who notified Madame de Volanges of Cécile and Danceny's romance?
(a) Valmont.
(b) Cécile, accidentally.
(c) Merteuil.
(d) Madame de Tourvel.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Cécile unable to go to the opera with Merteuil?

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

3. Whom does Valmont plan to seduce?

4. What does Madame de Volanges discover about her daughter?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Madame de Tourvel respond to Valmont's first love letter?

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

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

4. What event causes Cécile and Danceny to despair? What are the immediate results?

5. Describe Cécile's relationship with Merteuil.

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

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

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

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

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

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