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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 Danceny entrust to Madame de Rosemonde?
2. What does the unsigned note to Danceny communicate?
3. Whom does Merteuil target for her next seduction?
4. What news does Bertrand bring to Madame de Rosemonde?
5. Which category of women does Merteuil consider the most worthwhile?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the reward Valmont claims from Merteuil, and how does Merteuil respond to this?
2. Describe Madame de Tourvel's dictated, unaddressed letter which Madame de Volanges sends to Madame de Rosemonde.
3. What subterfuge does Valmont suggest to Cécile in order to get Danceny's letters to her?
4. How did Merteuil develop into a master manipulator?
5. How does Valmont thwart Merteuil with regards to Danceny?
6. What is Merteuil's next plan for seduction? How does Valmont react?
7. Describe how Madame de Tourvel changes after being abandoned by Valmont.
8. Describe Valmont's response to Merteuil's affair with Danceny.
9. What is Madame de Rosemonde's advice to Madame de Tourvel regarding her feelings for Valmont?
10. What arguments does Valmont use to convince Madame de Tourvel to see him?
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
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
Analyze the changes in Cecile's character throughout the novel. What characteristics define her in the beginning, middle, and end of the story? Closely analyze Cécile's letters to Sophie, looking for language and phrasing which indicates how she feels about her relationships with others. This includes her thoughts on marriage, her relationship with her mother, her feelings for Danceny, and her friendship with Merteuil. How does her language and her style of writing help define Cécile's character? Why does she stop writing to Sophie? Why is Cécile's voice almost completely absent through the last portions of the novel? What does this conspicuous absence say about her identity, or lack thereof? What control, if any, does Cécile retain over her own life? How does she use this control, or how do others (specifically Valmont) control her?
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