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 Madame de Rosemonde offer Madame de Tourvel in her return letter?

2. Upon what does Valmont blame the incident which causes Madame de Tourvel to think Valmont does not love her?

3. What reflection does Madame de Rosemonde offer to Danceny in letter 171?

4. How does Valmont and Madame de Tourvel's first sexual encounter go?

5. What has been the effect of Madame de Tourvel's separation from Valmont?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Valmont thwart Merteuil with regards to Danceny?

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

6. What arguments does Valmont use to convince Madame de Tourvel to see him?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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