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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. In letter 26, what does Madame de Tourvel blame on her impassioned outburst?
(a) The unbelieving portions of her mind and heart.
(b) The true feelings of love pouring into her heart.
(c) Her sense of security made her unwary.
(d) Her sudden confusion at the turn of events.

2. Why, says Madame de Tourvel in letter 78, was she wary toward Valmont when they first met?
(a) She resented being the object of his affection.
(b) His jocular disposition irritated her.
(c) She was confused about her feelings towards him.
(d) His negative reputation put her on her guard.

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

4. What does Danceny refuse to do, despite Madame de Volanges' request?
(a) Marry another woman.
(b) Burn his letters.
(c) Travel abroad to forget Cécile.
(d) Return Cécile's letters.

5. What does "libertine" generally refer to in 18th-century France?
(a) Sexual depravity.
(b) Conservative political ideals.
(c) Conventional wisdom.
(d) Pious worship of God.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Merteuil tell Cécile when they attend the opera together?

2. Whom does Valmont plan to seduce?

3. How does Danceny give his first note to Cécile?

4. What does Laclos favor over the well-trained mind?

5. How did Laclos' contemporary critics feel his novel would impact society?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Danceny explain his behavior to Madame de Rosemonde?

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

4. What arguments does Valmont use to convince Madame de Tourvel to see him?

5. Describe Cécile's relationship with Merteuil.

6. What serious warning does Valmont give Merteuil?

7. What does Valmont vow about his seduction of Madame de Tourvel, and how does he plan to carry out his plan?

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

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

10. How does Valmont describe Madame de Tourvel?

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