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 is Madame de Tourvel's reaction upon being left alone in her room with Valmont?

2. How does Madame de Tourvel feel about Valmont?

3. What opinion about love does Merteuil voice to Valmont?

4. What did the person whom Valmont sent to Madame de Tourvel do?

5. What does Valmont teach Cécile when they are alone together?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Merteuil develop into a master manipulator?

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

4. What is the general content of the letter Azolan, Valmont's valet, writes to Valmont?

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

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

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

8. Describe Merteuil's end in the novel.

9. What is the content and tone of Danceny's letters to Merteuil?

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

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

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 3

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.

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