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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 occurs in the tale of seduction Valmont tells Merteuil in letter 79?
(a) The many mistresses of the King.
(b) Three couples get hoodwinked by one man.
(c) One woman seduces three brothers.
(d) Valmont himself and two unnamed women.

2. What does Cécile think are pretty much the same thing?
(a) Friendship and marriage.
(b) Sex and love.
(c) Innocence and ignorance.
(d) Friendship and love.

3. On what issue does Cécile ask Merteuil's advice in letter 27?
(a) Whether she should tell her mother of her interest in Danceny.
(b) Which gown she should wear to the opera the next night.
(c) Whether it would be wrong to correspond with Danceny.
(d) Whether Merteuil thinks Danceny will remain faithful.

4. How does Valmont force Madame de Tourvel's maid to help with his plans?
(a) He humiliates her by forcing her to be naked.
(b) He bribes her with 400 francs.
(c) He threatens to blackmail her.
(d) He rapes her.

5. What does Cécile tell Danceny in letter 49?
(a) That her duty to God and her future husband prevent her from being with him.
(b) That she wants to continue their relationship.
(c) That Merteuil convinced her to continue writing to him.
(d) That she will meet him at a secret location to consummate their love.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Merteuil call the woman Valmont wishes to seduce?

2. What common subjects of social satire is the novel clearly lacking, according to Coward?

3. Who wrote the Publisher's Foreword to _Les Liasons Dangerueses_?

4. What does Madame de Volanges threaten to do to Danceny?

5. Who or what does Coward see as at fault for the events of the novel?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Cécile's relationship with Merteuil.

3. What were Laclos' general views on politics and gender relations?

4. Describe Cécile de Volanges.

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

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

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

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

9. How does Madame de Tourvel respond to Madame de Volanges' warning about Valmont?

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

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