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. How does Cécile respond to Merteuil's advice about her relationship with Valmont?

2. What does Madame de Rosemonde offer Madame de Tourvel in her return letter?

3. How does Merteuil decide that Prévan is attempting to seduce her?

4. How does Madame de Rosemonde respond to Madame de Tourvel's news concerning herself and Valmont?

5. What is the ultimatum Valmont offers Merteuil?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe what Valmont does when he gets the key to Cécile's room.

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

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

6. Summarize Merteuil's tale of her ruination of Prévan's.

7. How did Merteuil develop into a master manipulator?

8. How does Madame de Volanges respond to Cécile's depression?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the ending of the novel and the various fates assigned to each character. Does the ending and Madame de Volanges' final message fulfill the "requirements" of a moral novel? Could the endings of, arguably, the two most important characters (Valmont's death and Merteuil's disgrace) be considered "Deus ex machinas?" Why or why not? Do you find any symbolism in each character's fate? Where do ideas of morality and justice emerge from the ending of the novel? Does the ending resolve anything, leave any issues ambiguous, or become undercut by the vastness of the immorality in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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