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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 develops only when a connection is there.
(b) It is a figment of the imagination.
(c) It come directly from God when the moment is right.
(d) It is innate to humans.

2. If a nobleman wished to select a middle class woman, what was his best course of action to woo her?
(a) Small gifts.
(b) Special speech.
(c) Acts of love.
(d) Loving gazes.

3. How would the woman of higher nobility react to the middle class man after he informed her of his good qualities?
(a) She would admire his tenacity.
(b) She would be flattered.
(c) She would insist on proof.
(d) She would degrade them.

4. After the middle class woman's initial reaction in the conversation, how did the author instruct the middle class man to respond?
(a) With insistant words of praise.
(b) With another joke or funny story.
(c) With a bit more kind-hearted teasing.
(d) With more gentle leading.

5. 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 rebuff her again and again.
(b) He must thank her for her time and end the conversation.
(c) He must take it as a cue to take the upper hand and deal with her firmly.
(d) He must ask her what he must do to win her heart.

6. The nobleman explained to the noblewoman he pursued that the real danger she should fear lay in what?
(a) Not following her heart.
(b) Being trapped in love with another.
(c) Tarnishing her reputation.
(d) Missing the chance to know true love with him.

7. 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 may be low born, but she deserves to be treated as upper class.
(c) That she is more beautiful and kind than any woman in his class.
(d) The importance of his social ranking.

8. 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) Excess passion causes men to fall in love too easily.
(c) Some men are so enslaved to desire that love cannot bind them.
(d) Some men are too passionate to ever truly be loved.

9. How did the author explain the connection between blindness and love?
(a) The eyes of the soul see all that needs to be seen.
(b) Blind people fall in love too often because they cannot determine true beauty.
(c) The blind cannot see anything on which the mind can become obsessed.
(d) Blind people love better than those with sight because they use all of their senses.

10. 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) Tell her that lack of hope does not kill love.
(c) Ask her what he might change about himself to win her over.
(d) Take it as his cue to end the pursuit.

11. How did the author explain the issue of nature and homosexuality?
(a) Nature makes homosexuality impossible.
(b) Nature makes homosexuality innate for all, and heterosexuality is a choice.
(c) Nature forbids homosexuality.
(d) Nature makes homosexuality innate for some.

12. When the higher nobleman spoke to the woman of simple nobility, what was he advised to avoid doing in conversation with her?
(a) Insulting her intelligence.
(b) Belittling her nobility.
(c) Praising her too much.
(d) Boasting about his nobility.

13. What is the meaning of the word from which "love" is derived?
(a) To seize.
(b) Of great purity.
(c) To capture.
(d) A gift.

14. The author cautioned that a man of low social standing approaching a woman of nobility unless the man be of what?
(a) Good character.
(b) Foolishness.
(c) Steel.
(d) Bravery.

15. According to the author, about what do people in love think continually?
(a) Lustful thoughts.
(b) Only happy things because love has colored their vision.
(c) Each other.
(d) Fearful thoughts of rejection.

Short Answer Questions

1. If a middle class woman were to resist a middle class man because he is younger than she, how must the man respond?

2. How might a middle class woman respond to the advances of a nobleman?

3. How did the author approach the topic of homosexuality?

4. In the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love, what is the third stage?

5. When a nobleman approached a noblewoman, how was he to begin a conversation?

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