Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Into which main form(s) was __Les Liaisons Dangereuses_ reproduced in the 20th century?
2. Why must CÃ©cile's marriage be postponed?
3. What does Merteuil call Danceny in letter 38?
4. According to Merteuil in letter 10, which pretext do women use to submit to sexual pleasure with a man?
5. Who wrote the Publisher's Foreword to _Les Liasons Dangerueses_?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Merteuil's end in the novel.
2. Describe CÃ©cile de Volanges.
3. What are Merteuil and Valmont's plans for Danceny and CÃ©cile at the beginning of Part II?
4. Describe how Madame de Tourvel changes after being abandoned by Valmont.
5. What causes CÃ©cile to become worried and sad about her upcoming marriage?
6. What does Merteuil suggest, in different forms, to CÃ©cile and Valmont?
7. How does Valmont thwart Merteuil with regards to Danceny?
8. What was the general response to _Les Liaisons Dangereuses_ in the 20th century?
9. What does the author of the Introduction say is particularly engaging about Laclos' use of the epistolary form?
10. How does CÃ©cile feel about Danceny's first letter?
Define "pornography" and "erotica." How are they alike and/or different? Is there a central issue which divides the two, or are they essentially the same thing? What is their purpose and meaning or implication in popular culture, both to the private person and to society at large? Does _Les Liasons Dangereuses_ count as erotica or pornography, or both, or neither? Why? How do you describe Valmont's and Merteuil's sexual exploits as revealed in letters 10, 47, 71, and 79? Do these letters offer detail about feelings, desires, sexual acts, and body parts in lurid detail, or does the text dance around the issues by only alluding to them and making puns and double entendres? What about these letters might shock or offend a moral or virtuous reader, either in the 18th century or today? What could be the reasons that Valmont and Merteuil enjoy writing such letters to one another? Can writing be erotic without actually referring directly to sexual acts, to the human body, or to specific desires? For example, close-read letter 48, in which Valmont describes to Madame de Tourvel his passion for her, but the letter plays a joke on her by referring to Valmont's night of sex with Émilie in letter 47.
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.
Compare and contrast the different writing styles of various main characters: Cécile, Danceny, Valmont, Merteuil, Madame de Tourvel, Madame de Rosemonde, and Madame de Volanges. Are any character's style or styles of writing distinct in any way? What type of language, or what tone, is most associated with each character? To what subjects do these characters refer in their letters? How do their styles of writing contribute to the development of their characters? How do their different styles of writing contribute to the "theatricality" of the novel, to its pace, and to the audience's perception of the work?
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