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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. Who is Valmont's valet?
2. Why is Madame de Tourvel suddenly convinced that Valmont no longer loves her?
3. Whom does Cécile enlist as help in her escapades with her lover?
4. What does Valmont suspect about Cécile?
5. What does the unsigned note to Danceny communicate?
Short Essay Questions
1. What news of Valmont does Madame de Rosemonde give Madame de Tourvel, and how does Madame de Tourvel react?
2. Summarize the problem Madame de Tourvel sees preventing her and Valmont from having a relationship, and how Valmont circumvents her hesitation.
3. What does Valmont vow about his seduction of Madame de Tourvel, and how does he plan to carry out his plan?
4. What is the content and tone of Danceny's letters to Merteuil?
5. What subterfuge does Valmont suggest to Cécile in order to get Danceny's letters to her?
6. Summarize Merteuil's tale of her ruination of Prévan's.
7. How does Danceny explain his behavior to Madame de Rosemonde?
8. Describe what Valmont does when he gets the key to Cécile's room.
9. What is the general content of the letter Azolan, Valmont's valet, writes to Valmont?
10. Describe Valmont's response to Merteuil's affair with Danceny.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the different writing styles of various main characters: Cécile, Danceny, Valmont, Merteuil, Madame de Tourvel, Madame de Rosemonde, and Madame de Volanges. Are any character's style or styles of writing distinct in any way? What type of language, or what tone, is most associated with each character? To what subjects do these characters refer in their letters? How do their styles of writing contribute to the development of their characters? How do their different styles of writing contribute to the "theatricality" of the novel, to its pace, and to the audience's perception of the work?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Examine the role of servants, doctors, confessors, and others of lower social standing as they seem in the novel. Do these barely visible characters have a voice, or any agency? What portions of the plot do they fill? Are there differences in Laclos' presentation of them through their letters, or through their reported interactions with more vocal characters? What potentially political role could they have in the novel--that is, can one interpret their presence, or lack thereof, as opposed to the presence and characterization of the high-society characters, as a political statement? How do members of the upper-class treat, speak to, or refer to members of the servant and lower classes?
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