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

2. What common subjects of social satire is the novel clearly lacking, according to Coward?
(a) Adult males, financiers, and clergymen.
(b) Servants and peasants.
(c) Innocent young women and men.
(d) Artists, musicians, and stage actors.

3. Where does Cécile live before coming home to Paris?
(a) With a family friend.
(b) With her elderly aunt.
(c) On the streets.
(d) At a convent.

4. What does Valmont say is notable about the man pursuing Merteuil?
(a) He is well endowed.
(b) He is ugly, but nevertheless a great seducer.
(c) Through skilled conversation, he can get anyone to admit to anything.
(d) He ranks high in the King's court.

5. What does Merteuil do to get herself in the mood for sex with her lover?
(a) She drinks wine.
(b) She daydreams.
(c) She reads.
(d) She gazes at herself in the mirror.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who or what does Coward see as at fault for the events of the novel?

2. How does Cécile generally feel about the prospect of soon being married?

3. Whom does Merteuil want to manipulate into a relationship with Cécile?

4. How does Madame de Tourvel react when Valmont professes his love?

5. With whom does Valmont conspire to trick and humiliate a new acquaintance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Whom does Valmont enlist to help him communicate and meet with Madame de Tourvel? How does this person respond?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Valmont thwart Merteuil with regards to Danceny?

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

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