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 Tourvel do that makes Valmont despair?

2. In letter 147, what startling news does Madame de Volanges notify Madame de Rosemonde of?

3. What does Merteuil worry about Madame de Volanges?

4. How does Cécile respond to Valmont's suggestion about their secret correspondence?

5. What does Madame de Rosemonde advise Madame de Volanges do about Cécile?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Valmont vow about his seduction of Madame de Tourvel, and how does he plan to carry out his plan?

4. What is Madame de Rosemonde's advice to Madame de Tourvel regarding her feelings for Valmont?

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

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

7. Whom does Valmont enlist to help him communicate and meet with Madame de Tourvel? How does this person respond?

8. How did Merteuil develop into a master manipulator?

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

10. Describe Merteuil's end in the novel.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the theme of women's sexuality in _Les Liaisons Dangereuses_. How is desire, in particular, expressed in the female characters? How do Cécile's, Merteuil's, and Madame de Tourvel's different experiences with sex, rape, seduction, courtship, initiation, and betrayal affect their character development, their roles in the plot of the novel, and their interactions with other male and female characters? What connections to contemporary French ideas of morality and gender roles do the sexuality of the female characters have? How is feminine sexual awareness or sexual activity opposed to masculine sexual awareness or sexual activity? How do other characters, or contemporary French high society, view women who are sexually experienced? Can you apply modern feminist critical theory to this discussion?

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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