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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. How does Valmont trick Madame de Volanges into receiving his second letter?
(a) He throws it on her lap while company visits, forcing her to grab it and hide it.
(b) He hides it in one of her letters, which she has asked him to return.
(c) He glues it inside her favorite book.
(d) He slips it under her door at night.

2. Whom does Merteuil want to manipulate into a relationship with Cécile?
(a) Azolan.
(b) Monsieur de Tourvel.
(c) Valmont.
(d) Danceny.

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

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

5. What literary tradition does Coward see as applicable?
(a) Sentimentality.
(b) Romanticism.
(c) Elegiac poetry.
(d) Don Juanism.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the first action Valmont takes to make Madame de Tourvel look favorably upon him?

3. Where does Cécile live before coming home to Paris?

4. How does Valmont's tale of seduction end?

5. What else does David Coward, author of the Introduction, insist is a factor in libertine novels?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Summarize the content of the "letter" that Merteuil dictates to Valmont about his apparent love of Madame de Tourvel.

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

4. What is the general content of the letter Azolan, Valmont's valet, writes to Valmont?

5. What event causes Madame de Tourvel to think Valmont does not love her? How does Valmont's respond?

6. Describe Valmont's response to Merteuil's affair with Danceny.

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

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

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

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

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