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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the author, upon what do lovers focus their attention?
(a) Speaking words of love to those they love.
(b) Bringing about the enjoyment of those they love.
(c) Having physical contact with those they love.
(d) Catching a glimpse of those they love.

2. When a higher nobleman spoke to a middle class woman, how was he advised to begin the conversation?
(a) By giving her a gift.
(b) By telling her immediately that he is interested in her.
(c) By complimenting her intelligence.
(d) With flattery.

3. How might a middle class woman respond to the advances of a nobleman?
(a) She might have been flattered but be suspicious of his actions and intentions.
(b) She might have asked if a woman of good character and humble birth is better than poor character and high birth.
(c) She might have been insulted and informed him that she intended to marry in her own social class and he should do the same.
(d) She might have embarrassed herself by acting too flirty and forward.

4. How did the author explain the effects of excess passion on love?
(a) Excess passion causes men to only feel lust and never feel love.
(b) Some men are too passionate to ever truly be loved.
(c) Some men are so enslaved to desire that love cannot bind them.
(d) Excess passion causes men to fall in love too easily.

5. According to the author, what is the only way that a lover can accept something of value from the beloved?
(a) If it is given freely.
(b) Only if it caused the giver great joy.
(c) If it was painful for the giver to give.
(d) If the giver is in love, as well.

6. When a nobleman approached a noblewoman, how was he to begin a conversation?
(a) With a gift.
(b) With a request for her advice.
(c) With humor.
(d) With flattery.

7. What did the author suggest that a middle class man always do in a conversation with a middle class woman?
(a) Flatter her.
(b) Amuse her.
(c) Amaze her.
(d) Lead her.

8. When the middle class man successfully performed what the author suggested he should do in every conversation with a middle class woman, how did the woman respond?
(a) With no resistance.
(b) With some resistance.
(c) With slight annoyance.
(d) With giggles and sometimes blushing.

9. In what stage of the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love should a woman try to find a lover?
(a) The fourth stage.
(b) The first stage.
(c) The second stage.
(d) The third stage.

10. Which way of acquiring love does so with little effort?
(a) Good character.
(b) Riches.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Ready speech.

11. Should a middle class man approach a very wise noblewoman, what is the risk he takes in conducting himself poorly?
(a) Appearing foolish.
(b) Boring her.
(c) Being offensive.
(d) Embarrassing himself.

12. Because a man will see his ideal woman, lust after her and make plans to woo her, how did the author explain love's origins?
(a) It is innate to humans.
(b) It come directly from God when the moment is right.
(c) It is a figment of the imagination.
(d) It develops only when a connection is there.

13. When a middle class man suggests a relationship with a middle class woman and she resists him, how is the man to respond?
(a) He must take it as a cue to take the upper hand and deal with her firmly.
(b) He must thank her for her time and end the conversation.
(c) He must rebuff her again and again.
(d) He must ask her what he must do to win her heart.

14. How would a noblewoman respond to compliments from a nobleman?
(a) She would feel offended.
(b) She would rebuff him.
(c) She would be embarrassed but flattered.
(d) She would be appreciative.

15. Who was Walter?
(a) A blind man who could not love because he could not see.
(b) A nobleman who never knew true love.
(c) A good friend of the author.
(d) The author's real name.

Short Answer Questions

1. If a middle class woman asked for the chance to think over the romantic advances of a nobleman, how was the nobleman to respond?

2. According to the author, how does love feel about homosexuality?

3. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about two lovers' levels of desire?

4. When the higher nobleman spoke to the woman of simple nobility, what was he advised to avoid doing in conversation with her?

5. How did the author explain the connection between love and greed?

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