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. 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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine the uses of irony throughout the novel. Your discussion may include: instances of satire, for instance of contemporary literary works or public figures; anything from the sarcastic tone often taken by Merteuil and Valmont in their letters to each other; the many instances of figurative language in the text such as puns and double entendres; the instances of certain characters' hypocrisy or denial; or the dramatic irony through which the reader or character knows something that another character does not. How does Laclos achieve irony? What language, tone, and style of writing indicate irony in the text? How do certain situations where characters find themselves tend toward the ironic?

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

Examine the theme of male solidarity in the novel. Consider the following situations: the three men involved with Prévan's legendary seduction bond together to ruin all three women who are also Prévan's targets; Valmont convinces Madame de Tourvel's confessor, Father Anselme, to allow Valmont access to Madame de Tourvel; Valmont and Danceny, after dueling, bond together to ruin Merteuil. Are there similar instances of female solidarity in the novel? How does this influence your interpretation of gender roles in the novel? How are "communities," or even friendships, gendered in the text?

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