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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did the author approach the topic of homosexuality?
(a) He believed that love between two men was an abomination, but love between two women was acceptable.
(b) He believed that love could only exist between a man and a woman.
(c) He believed that love between two women was an abomination, but love between two men was acceptable
(d) He believed that love has no boundaries, but religion can interfere with true love.

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

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

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

5. In the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love, to what age group does a woman's ideal man belong?
(a) Young.
(b) At least twice her age.
(c) Middle-aged.
(d) Her own age group.

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

7. What fear about endangering herself would a noblewoman have shared with a nobleman who was pursuing her romantically?
(a) Belittling her nobility.
(b) Becoming careless and silly because of love.
(c) Tarnishing her reputation.
(d) Giving into the power of the goddess of love.

8. When a middle class man initiates a conversation with a woman of higher nobility, how was he advised to handle the issue of his own lower social standing?
(a) He should never discuss social ranking with her at all.
(b) He should acknowledge it.
(c) He should ignore it.
(d) He should hide the truth from her.

9. What did the author note that women can achieve through marriage, but men cannot?
(a) Nobility.
(b) Protection from harm.
(c) Good character.
(d) Wealth.

10. If a middle class woman was being pursued by a nobleman, what might she say to rebuff his advances?
(a) That she should wait for a middle class man of good character.
(b) That she was not worthy of his attention.
(c) That he should find a suitable woman from his own class.
(d) That she suspected he was not good enough, even for her.

11. The word "love" is derived from what word?
(a) Steal.
(b) Give.
(c) Amor.
(d) Hook.

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

13. In the first dialogue, how did the conversation between the middle class man and the middle class woman begin?
(a) The man greeted the woman normally and the woman made conversation naturally.
(b) The man waited for permission to approach the woman, greeting her with reverence and made conversation.
(c) The man greeted the woman normally, but only because she was with another female.
(d) The woman initiated the greeting but allowed the man to make conversation.

14. How might a man of the middle class convince a woman of nobility that they should enter into a romantic relationship?
(a) He should avoid all talk of social ranking so that she does not discover the truth about him until she is in love.
(b) He should proudly inform her that he represents the best of the middle class and win her respect.
(c) He should be humble and lay out all of his faults, asking her for mercy.
(d) He should tell her about his good qualities and that they make him worthy of a higher ranking.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. When the middle class man decided to suggest a relationship with the middle class woman, how did he proceed?

4. How would the woman of higher nobility react to the middle class man after he informed her of his good qualities?

5. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about how to deal with a current love affair?

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