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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. With whom does Valmont conspire to trick and humiliate a new acquaintance?
2. How do today's readers of Laclos interpret his novel?
3. How does Valmont's tale of seduction end?
4. What occurs in the tale of seduction Valmont tells Merteuil in letter 79?
5. On what issue does Cécile ask Merteuil's advice in letter 27?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the reward Valmont claims from Merteuil, and how does Merteuil respond to this?
2. What action does Valmont take to make Madame de Tourvel love him, and what are the results?
3. How does Cécile describe her feelings about Danceny to Sophie in letter 55?
4. How does Merteuil respond to Valmont's warning?
5. Describe Merteuil's warning to Valmont about his reputation in Paris.
6. How does Valmont manipulate Cécile and Danceny's relationship?
7. Describe Merteuil's end in the novel.
8. Who is Merteuil's "knight," and what does she think of him?
9. What does Madame de Volanges say about Valmont to warn Madame de Tourvel against becoming too friendly with him?
10. How does Madame de Tourvel respond to Madame de Volanges' warning about Valmont?
Essay Topic 1
Examine the aspect of Valmont's character that has to do with his feelings for Madame de Tourvel and his feelings for Merteuil. What does he profess to feel for them both, and what does it seem that he actually feels? How does he use language and tone to express these feelings to them and about them? What do his actions around each woman, or having to do with each woman, say about his real feelings for them? Discuss this aspect of Valmont's character as a function of the tension between public and private morality and persona.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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