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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. Why is Madame de Tourvel suddenly convinced that Valmont no longer loves her?
2. Whom does Valmont's valet count on to get him access to Madame de Tourvel?
3. What happens to Cécile when Valmont's door opens while they are together?
4. What does Madame de Rosemonde offer Madame de Tourvel in her return letter?
5. What does Madame de Rosemonde warn Madame de Tourvel about in letter 126?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the reward Valmont claims from Merteuil, and how does Merteuil respond to this?
2. Describe Merteuil's end in the novel.
3. How does Valmont thwart Merteuil with regards to Danceny?
4. What is the general content of the letter Azolan, Valmont's valet, writes to Valmont?
5. Summarize Merteuil's tale of her ruination of Prévan's.
6. How does Merteuil respond to Cécile's news about Valmont's actions?
7. Describe Merteuil's warning to Valmont about his reputation in Paris.
8. What arguments does Valmont use to convince Madame de Tourvel to see him?
9. How does Madame de Volanges respond to Cécile's depression?
10. Summarize the problem Madame de Tourvel sees preventing her and Valmont from having a relationship, and how Valmont circumvents her hesitation.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Compare and contrast the Publisher's Note and Editor's Preface. What is their significance to the work? What messages are they each trying to get across? What is the tone of each? How do they try to influence the readers of the novel? In which ways do they define the work? Why does Laclos include them both? After reading the novel, do you read them or understand them in a different way? How do they compare to typical prefatory material in other works? Is the Publisher's Note after the last letter related in any way to Laclos' introductions?
Essay Topic 3
Examine the role of servants, doctors, confessors, and others of lower social standing as they seem in the novel. Do these barely visible characters have a voice, or any agency? What portions of the plot do they fill? Are there differences in Laclos' presentation of them through their letters, or through their reported interactions with more vocal characters? What potentially political role could they have in the novel--that is, can one interpret their presence, or lack thereof, as opposed to the presence and characterization of the high-society characters, as a political statement? How do members of the upper-class treat, speak to, or refer to members of the servant and lower classes?
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