Les Liaisons Dangereuses Test | Final 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 did Merteuil become adept at controlling her facial features?

2. What does Danceny resolve to do at the end of the novel?

3. What does Madame de Rosemonde warn Madame de Tourvel about in letter 126?

4. Which category of women does Merteuil consider the most worthwhile?

5. What does Cécile do that surprises her mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Madame de Tourvel's dictated, unaddressed letter which Madame de Volanges sends to Madame de Rosemonde.

2. Describe Valmont's response to Merteuil's affair with Danceny.

3. Summarize Merteuil's tale of her ruination of Prévan's.

4. What event causes Madame de Tourvel to think Valmont does not love her? How does Valmont's respond?

5. What is Madame de Rosemonde's advice to Madame de Tourvel regarding her feelings for Valmont?

6. What news of Valmont does Madame de Rosemonde give Madame de Tourvel, and how does Madame de Tourvel react?

7. Summarize the problem Madame de Tourvel sees preventing her and Valmont from having a relationship, and how Valmont circumvents her hesitation.

8. Describe Merteuil's warning to Valmont about his reputation in Paris.

9. What is the general content of the letter Azolan, Valmont's valet, writes to Valmont?

10. What is the reward Valmont claims from Merteuil, and how does Merteuil respond to this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the Publisher's Note and Editor's Preface. What is their significance to the work? What messages are they each trying to get across? What is the tone of each? How do they try to influence the readers of the novel? In which ways do they define the work? Why does Laclos include them both? After reading the novel, do you read them or understand them in a different way? How do they compare to typical prefatory material in other works? Is the Publisher's Note after the last letter related in any way to Laclos' introductions?

Essay Topic 3

Think of the form of this work is an epistolary novel. Do the letters themselves symbolize anything? Danceny writes in letter 150 that "a letter is the portrait of the soul." What does it mean to correspond with another person, and how is it carried out? How does reading an epistolary influence your experience with communication, character relationships, people, dialogue, and so on in a novel? Do the letters serve any purpose besides as a vehicle to express the plot of the novel?

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