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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. When a middle class man approaches a very wise noblewoman, how must he behave?
(a) He should ignore her intelligence and focus on her beauty.
(b) He should commend her for her brains as well as her beauty.
(c) He must prove that he is as smart, or smarter, than she.
(d) He must not overly praise her.

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

9. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about private versus public relationships?
(a) Public love affairs are doomed for failure.
(b) Love affairs should be kept private.
(c) Love affairs should be made public.
(d) Private love affairs are considered adultery.

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

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

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

13. When the middle class man decided to suggest a relationship with the middle class woman, how did he proceed?
(a) By begging for her attention and the chance to know her better.
(b) By pointing out how much more noble she is than he.
(c) By informing her that she would be wise to engage in a relationship with him.
(d) By asking her if she found him agreeable.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about avarice, or love of wealth?

2. During a conversation between a nobleman and a noblewoman, what was she to give permission for him to do?

3. The word "love" is derived from what word?

4. According to the author, upon what do lovers focus their attention?

5. How did the author explain the effects of love on the uncouth man?

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