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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 Laclos favor over the well-trained mind?
(a) A sense of humor.
(b) A stout constitution.
(c) A feeling heart.
(d) A high social station.

2. What does Merteuil call the woman Valmont wishes to seduce?
(a) A hag.
(b) A child.
(c) A prude.
(d) A trollop.

3. What does the author of the Editor's Preface claim he has done?
(a) Collected and organized real letters, and provided occasional notes.
(b) Translated these letters from another language into French.
(c) Written the story of his own group of friends into the form of letters.
(d) Written all the letters himself, from the perspective of fictional characters.

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

5. Why does Valmont think it possible to seduce this woman?
(a) She expressed interest in him.
(b) Her husband is away.
(c) He seduced her in the past.
(d) He already knows she has a weak character.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What idea does Merteuil plant in Cécile's head after the revelation of her and Danceny's love?

3. In letter 52, what does Valmont accuse Madame de Tourvel of slandering?

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

5. What ruse does Valmont use to attempt to secretly rifle through Madame de Tourvel's letters?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the general contents of Valmont's love letters to Madame de Tourvel?

4. What is the content of Danceny's letters to Cécile?

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

6. How does Madame de Tourvel respond to Valmont's first love letter?

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

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

9. What serious warning does Valmont give Merteuil?

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

(see the answer keys)

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