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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 Merteuil think of Madame de Tourvel?
2. What does Danceny complain to Merteuil about in letter 118?
3. What does Valmont instruct his valet to do in Paris?
4. What does Danceny resolve to do at the end of the novel?
5. What does Merteuil worry about Madame de Volanges?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the general content of the letter Azolan, Valmont's valet, writes to Valmont?
2. How does Danceny explain his behavior to Madame de Rosemonde?
3. Describe what Valmont does when he gets the key to Cécile's room.
4. Describe Valmont's response to Merteuil's affair with Danceny.
5. How does Valmont thwart Merteuil with regards to Danceny?
6. What is Merteuil's next plan for seduction? How does Valmont react?
7. Summarize the content of the "letter" that Merteuil dictates to Valmont about his apparent love of Madame de Tourvel.
8. How does Merteuil respond to Cécile's news about Valmont's actions?
9. How does Valmont manipulate Cécile and Danceny's relationship?
10. What does Valmont vow about his seduction of Madame de Tourvel, and how does he plan to carry out his plan?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the types of mediation present in the novel. This could include: characters who mediate other characters' thoughts, actions, and feelings; the "editor" of the novel mediating the reader's interaction with the story by his arrangement of letters and placement and wording of notes; and plot itself being mediated through the letters. In some instances, the plot twists back upon itself, repeats itself, or offered through different perspectives. What is the effect and significance of such mediation on the themes, symbolism, character development, and the response of the reader?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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