The Art of Courtly Love Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book One, Introduction to the Treatise on Love, Chapter 6, Dialogue 8.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about how to deal with a current love affair?
(a) Meddling in a current affair should only be done once in a man's life.
(b) Break one up only by speaking with kindness to both parties.
(c) Break one up by acting quickly to lessen the sting.
(d) Never break one up knowingly.

2. How did the author explain the link between love, perception and social class?
(a) Love makes peasants of all who love.
(b) Love makes lovers feel like royalty.
(c) Love can make anyone a nobleman.
(d) Love is impossible for nobility to obtain.

3. When the middle class man approached the woman of higher nobility and she told him finally that he had no reason to hope, how was he to respond?
(a) Emphasize that he was willing to hope beyond reason.
(b) Take it as his cue to end the pursuit.
(c) Tell her that lack of hope does not kill love.
(d) Ask her what he might change about himself to win her over.

4. What did the author describe as the result of focusing on the beauty of another?
(a) Lustful thoughts.
(b) Harmony.
(c) Innate suffering.
(d) Pure passion.

5. For a nobleman whose advances are being rebuffed by a middle class woman, what must he argue to her?
(a) The goodness of his character.
(b) That she is more beautiful and kind than any woman in his class.
(c) That she may be low born, but she deserves to be treated as upper class.
(d) The importance of his social ranking.

Short Answer Questions

1. In wooing a woman of higher social ranking, how might the middle class man best win her attention?

2. In the first dialogue, how did the conversation between the middle class man and the middle class woman begin?

3. The author cautioned that a man of low social standing approaching a woman of nobility unless the man be of what?

4. According to the author in the Preface, what was his reason for writing the book?

5. For what reason would a nobleman claim that he would be willing to marry below his class?

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