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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 Danceny's letter 28 accuse Cécile of?
(a) Being rude and condescending in her letters.
(b) Being flirtatious with other men.
(c) Being ignorant about his feelings.
(d) Being heartless and pitiless toward him.

2. How did Laclos' contemporary critics feel his novel would impact society?
(a) The novel would challenge the political regime.
(b) The novel would offer scrupulous moral lessons.
(c) The novel would corrupt more people than it saved.
(d) The novel would showcase French literary talent.

3. How does Madame de Tourvel react when Valmont professes his love?
(a) She faints on the floor.
(b) She bursts into tears.
(c) She scolds him.
(d) She stands bemused and silent.

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

5. How does Valmont contrive to grope the woman he wants to seduce?
(a) By grabbing her from behind.
(b) By helping her mount a horse.
(c) By carrying her across a ditch.
(d) By pretending to stumble into her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Merteuil think is Valmont's greatest flaw in his plan of seduction?

2. What literary tradition does Coward see as applicable?

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

4. On what issue does Cécile ask Merteuil's advice in letter 27?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Madame de Volanges say about Valmont to warn Madame de Tourvel against becoming too friendly with him?

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

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

4. Summarize Prévan's "legendary" feat of seduction according to Valmont.

5. What was Choderlos de Laclos' position in society? Describe his family life.

6. What serious warning does Valmont give Merteuil?

7. How does Cécile describe her feelings about Danceny to Sophie in letter 55?

8. What action does Valmont take to make Madame de Tourvel love him, and what are the results?

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

10. Describe Cécile's relationship with Merteuil.

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