Les Liaisons Dangereuses Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Danceny give his first note to Cécile?

2. Who does Valmont trick to spend time with the Vicomtesse de M?

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

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

5. What does Cécile think are pretty much the same thing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Cécile describe her feelings about Danceny to Sophie in letter 55?

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

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

5. Describe Cécile's relationship with Merteuil.

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

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

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

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

10. What was the general response to _Les Liaisons Dangereuses_ in the 20th century?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze Merteuil's relationship with Cécile. What does the older woman do to influence the younger woman? How does Merteuil define Cécile? What are Merteuil's motivations in making Cécile her "protégé?" How does Merteuil manipulate and control Cécile's life and her personal character in ways both visible and invisible to Cécile, to her mother, and to Danceny? Use evidence from Cécile's letters to and about Merteuil, and Merteuil's letters to and about Cécile, to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Examine the kinds of loss in the novel. Explain their significance to the plot, to the development of specific characters, to any theme development, and any symbolism in them. Some types of loss in the novel include: loss of love, trust, innocence, virginity, hope, virtue, friendship; loss of life (as in death or miscarriage); loss of future (marriages, happiness, success, livelihood); loss of self-identity and control over one's own life.

Essay Topic 3

Does Merteuil and Valmont's relationship through letter writing become a stand-in for having a real sexual relationship, or even being in love? What is the significance of them never meeting face-to-face within the confines of the book? Does Merteuil subtly seduce Valmont through the entire novel? What does she lead him to believe? What promise or contract between them does Valmont continually remind her of? How does their sexual tension contribute to the breaking of their relationship late in the novel? How does their relationship change throughout the course of the novel?

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