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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 Cécile respond to Valmont's suggestion about their secret correspondence?
2. Who is Valmont's valet?
3. What does Madame de Tourvel do that makes Valmont despair?
4. What does Madame de Tourvel confess to Madame de Rosemonde?
5. What does Valmont instruct his valet to do in Paris?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Valmont manipulate Cécile and Danceny's relationship?
2. How does Merteuil respond to Cécile's news about Valmont's actions?
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 the content and tone of Danceny's letters to Merteuil?
5. What happens between Valmont and Madame de Tourvel that shocks and angers Valmont, and why does he react so strongly?
6. Summarize the problem Madame de Tourvel sees preventing her and Valmont from having a relationship, and how Valmont circumvents her hesitation.
7. What is Merteuil's next plan for seduction? How does Valmont react?
8. Describe Valmont's response to Merteuil's affair with Danceny.
9. What is Madame de Rosemonde's advice to Madame de Tourvel regarding her feelings for Valmont?
10. Describe Merteuil's warning to Valmont about his reputation in Paris.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explore the strange, though steady, friendly relationship that Merteuil and Valmont have maintained with one another. Describe the tone that Merteuil and Valmont's letters take with each other throughout most of the novel. What do these letters say specifically about Valmont and Merteuil's relationship and their past, and what do the letters merely imply or hint at? Why does their relationship fail--is it the result of an action, an event, another person, an exterior or interior force? Examine the friction that has taken place between Merteuil and Valmont throughout the novel. How does Merteuil typically respond to Valmont's letters about Madame de Tourvel? How does Merteuil judge Valmont's feelings for Madame de Tourvel or his motivations in pursuing her? How does Valmont defend his motivations and his feelings to Merteuil, and what promise did he continually remind her of? Why would such a reminder perhaps irritate Merteuil? What is the tone and direction of their correspondence once Merteuil decided to take Danceny as a lover?
Essay Topic 2
Examine the aspect of Valmont's character that has to do with his feelings for Madame de Tourvel and his feelings for Merteuil. What does he profess to feel for them both, and what does it seem that he actually feels? How does he use language and tone to express these feelings to them and about them? What do his actions around each woman, or having to do with each woman, say about his real feelings for them? Discuss this aspect of Valmont's character as a function of the tension between public and private morality and persona.
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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