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 Danceny respond upon learning of Valmont's treachery?

2. How does Merteuil think of Madame de Tourvel?

3. What does Valmont instruct his valet to do in Paris?

4. What does Danceny complain to Merteuil about in letter 118?

5. What does Valmont order Merteuil to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Merteuil's next plan for seduction? How does Valmont react?

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

4. How does Valmont manipulate Cécile and Danceny's relationship?

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

6. What news of Valmont does Madame de Rosemonde give Madame de Tourvel, and how does Madame de Tourvel react?

7. What happens between Valmont and Madame de Tourvel that shocks and angers Valmont, and why does he react so strongly?

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

9. How did Merteuil develop into a master manipulator?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Think of the form of this work is an epistolary novel. Do the letters themselves symbolize anything? Danceny writes in letter 150 that "a letter is the portrait of the soul." What does it mean to correspond with another person, and how is it carried out? How does reading an epistolary influence your experience with communication, character relationships, people, dialogue, and so on in a novel? Do the letters serve any purpose besides as a vehicle to express the plot of the novel?

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