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 does Cécile respond to Merteuil's advice about her relationship with Valmont?

2. Upon what does Merteuil instruct Danceny in letter 121?

3. Why does Gercourt wish to delay his and Cécile's marriage?

4. About what does Valmont mock Merteuil in letter 158?

5. How long has Valmont spent seducing Madame de Tourvel?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Merteuil respond to Cécile's news about Valmont's actions?

3. Describe what Valmont does when he gets the key to Cécile's room.

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

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

6. Describe Merteuil's end in the novel.

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

8. What subterfuge does Valmont suggest to Cécile in order to get Danceny's letters to her?

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

10. How does Danceny explain his behavior to Madame de Rosemonde?

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

What are Merteuil and Valmont's "ethics" of seduction? How do they plan their seductions? What motivates them to seduce and ruin others? What rules of letter writing, evidence gathering, and record-keeping do they have for themselves and for others? Do you see any ironic or hypocritical behavior in Valmont or Merteuil? Why do they constantly write to each other of their own plans, offer their criticisms or praises of each others plans, tell stories of seductions past, and warn each other of potential dangers?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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