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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. Which place in the social hierarchy did Laclos' family occupy?
(a) The peasant class.
(b) The highest form of the gentry.
(c) The clergy.
(d) The lowest form of nobility.

2. How does Valmont act toward Madame de Tourvel, as reported in letter 11?
(a) He ignores her and barely speaks to her.
(b) He regales her with licentious tales.
(c) He makes no attempt to conceal his lust.
(d) He is gentlemanly and attentive.

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

4. What ruse does Valmont use to attempt to secretly rifle through Madame de Tourvel's letters?
(a) He fakes a nosebleed and leaves the room.
(b) He says he is going hunting.
(c) He pretends to be a burglar in the night.
(d) He complains of a headache.

5. What else does David Coward, author of the Introduction, insist is a factor in libertine novels?
(a) The provocation of social mores.
(b) The reinforcement of ancient wisdom.
(c) The questioning of humanity's purpose on earth.
(d) The surrealist confusion of society.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom does Danceny trust to help him continue his relationship with Cécile?

2. What does Madame de Tourvel offer Valmont?

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

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

5. Who are the two people Cécile admits she likes best?

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

4. Describe Cécile's relationship with Merteuil.

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

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

7. How does Valmont describe Madame de Tourvel?

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

9. What subterfuge does Valmont use to come into possession of Madame de Tourvel's letters?

10. What concession does Madame de Tourvel give Valmont, and what are the results?

(see the answer keys)

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