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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 Madame de Volanges say about Valmont to Madame de Tourvel in letter 9?
(a) Valmont has an excellent reputation around town.
(b) Valmont has an addiction to gambling.
(c) Valmont is dangerous and deceitful.
(d) Valmont is trustworthy and honest.

2. Who is the author of the Editor's Preface?
(a) Philippe-Égalité.
(b) Laclos' wife, Marie-Soulange Duperré.
(c) Choderlos de Laclos.
(d) A close friend of Laclos.

3. What is a "little house?"
(a) The servants' quarters, attached to a large estate.
(b) A peasant hovel.
(c) A luxurious love-nest in the country.
(d) A temporary dwelling for those on the run from the law.

4. How does Valmont avoid detection of his and the Vicomtesse's dalliance?
(a) He pretends to become ill and incapable of making love.
(b) He accuses her of sleeping with a different man.
(c) He sneaks away from the house before everyone wakes.
(d) He pretends there was a burglar in her room.

5. In letter 15, what does Valmont call Merteuil about her attentions to her current lover?
(a) He calls her gentle and caring.
(b) He calls her selfish and callous.
(c) He calls her a slave to another's pleasure.
(d) He calls her an attention seeker.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Danceny's letter 28 accuse Cécile of?

2. In his other writings, what view did Laclos take of women?

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

4. How does Valmont force Madame de Tourvel's maid to help with his plans?

5. According to Merteuil in letter 10, which pretext do women use to submit to sexual pleasure with a man?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Merteuil suggest, in different forms, to Cécile and Valmont?

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

8. What does Valmont essentially tell Merteuil about their relationship with each other in letter 15?

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

10. What serious warning does Valmont give Merteuil?

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