Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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. Into which main form(s) was __Les Liaisons Dangereuses_ reproduced in the 20th century?
2. Why must Cécile'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 Cécile de Volanges.
3. What are Merteuil and Valmont's plans for Danceny and Cécile at the beginning of Part II?
4. Describe how Madame de Tourvel changes after being abandoned by Valmont.
5. What causes Cécile to become worried and sad about her upcoming marriage?
6. What does Merteuil suggest, in different forms, to Cécile 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 Cécile feel about Danceny's first letter?
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the types of mediation present in the novel. This could include: characters who mediate other characters' thoughts, actions, and feelings; the "editor" of the novel mediating the reader's interaction with the story by his arrangement of letters and placement and wording of notes; and plot itself being mediated through the letters. In some instances, the plot twists back upon itself, repeats itself, or offered through different perspectives. What is the effect and significance of such mediation on the themes, symbolism, character development, and the response of the reader?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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