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 Valmont do when alone with Cécile in her room?

2. How did Merteuil approach sex on her wedding night?

3. What is Madame de Tourvel's mindset in letter 161?

4. What does Merteuil think is dull above all else?

5. Why has Merteuil never remarried?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Merteuil's warning to Valmont about his reputation in Paris.

2. Describe how Madame de Tourvel changes after being abandoned by Valmont.

3. Summarize the problem Madame de Tourvel sees preventing her and Valmont from having a relationship, and how Valmont circumvents her hesitation.

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

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

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

7. Describe Valmont's response to Merteuil's affair with Danceny.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of innocence in the novel. How does the author describe "innocence" or "ignorance" and what connotations are attached to these words or ideas? In the novel, is innocence automatically ignorance? Who is impressionable in the novel?How do other characters take advantage of this? Which characters act innocent or ignorant in the novel? Are Madame de Volanges, Madame de Tourvel, and/or Madame de Rosemonde "innocents," in any way? What becomes of Cécile and Danceny's innocence? How are innocence and experience opposed in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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