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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 Tourvel allow Valmont to do?
(a) Tell Madame de Rosemonde about his feelings for her.
(b) Have sex with her.
(c) Stay at Madame de Rosemonde's estate.
(d) Write to her while they are apart.

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

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

4. What was Laclos' relationship with his own wife and children?
(a) He was cold and distant.
(b) He was warm and loving.
(c) He was timid and shy.
(d) He was harsh and abusive.

5. What euphemism does Merteuil use to refer to her lover?
(a) "Swain."
(b) "Pastime."
(c) "Knight."
(d) "Distraction."

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Danceny refuse to do, despite Madame de Volanges' request?

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

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What action does Valmont take to make Madame de Tourvel love him, and what are the results?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does the Editor state in the Editor's Preface?

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