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. What does Valmont know Merteuil dislikes reading about?

2. What did the person whom Valmont sent to Madame de Tourvel do?

3. Whom does Valmont's valet count on to get him access to Madame de Tourvel?

4. Why has Merteuil never remarried?

5. What does Merteuil assert that Madame de Tourvel is doing to Valmont?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens between Valmont and Madame de Tourvel that shocks and angers Valmont, and why does he react so strongly?

2. How does Madame de Volanges respond to Cécile's depression?

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

4. What does Valmont vow about his seduction of Madame de Tourvel, and how does he plan to carry out his plan?

5. Summarize the content of the "letter" that Merteuil dictates to Valmont about his apparent love of Madame de Tourvel.

6. Summarize Bertrand's letters to Madame de Rosemonde.

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

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

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

10. Describe how Madame de Tourvel changes after being abandoned by Valmont.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of innocence in the novel. How does the author describe "innocence" or "ignorance" and what connotations are attached to these words or ideas? In the novel, is innocence automatically ignorance? Who is impressionable in the novel?How do other characters take advantage of this? Which characters act innocent or ignorant in the novel? Are Madame de Volanges, Madame de Tourvel, and/or Madame de Rosemonde "innocents," in any way? What becomes of Cécile and Danceny's innocence? How are innocence and experience opposed in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role that religion, church, and the clergy have in the novel. How does each character treat, refer to, or interact with religion, faith and morality? Explain the reasoning behind the following categorizations of the main characters, based upon the characters' views on, or influence from, religion: Merteuil and Valmont; Madames de Rosemonde, de Volanges, and de Tourvel; Cécile and Danceny.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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