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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to the author, how does love feel about homosexuality?
(a) Love embraces it.
(b) Love is replaced by lust in homosexuality.
(c) Love is ashamed to accept it.
(d) Love withers in homosexuality.

3. If a middle class woman were to resist a middle class man because he is younger than she, how must the man respond?
(a) He must argue that he will live and love long and thus will become worthy of her love some day.
(b) He must remind her that beauty fades but it is good character than matters.
(c) He must accept her rebuke and appraoch her again when he is older.
(d) He must use his wealth or other attribute to win her over.

4. 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 is impossible for nobility to obtain.
(d) Love can make anyone a nobleman.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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 approached the woman of higher nobility and she told him finally that he had no reason to hope, how was he to respond?

4. What fear about endangering herself would a noblewoman have shared with a nobleman who was pursuing her romantically?

5. Of the five ways to acquire love, which is the only one worthy of love?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what characteristic about himself was the middle class man advised to draw attention when trying to attract a woman of nobility?

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

3. Explain why the Countess replied in her letter to the man of higher nobility that love cannot exist between two people who are married.

4. According to the dialogues, how best might a man of a lower social ranking win the favor of a woman of nobility?

5. How did the author describe the way greedy women love, and what group did he suggest greedy women should join?

6. How did the author describe the feelings associated with love before it becomes balanced on each side?

7. In retaining love, give an example of how a man can keep a love from being publicly known.

8. What thoughts and actions did the author describe as the main focus of lovers?

9. In the Preface, explain the request that the author's friend made of him that led him to write the book.

10. When the woman in Dialogue 8 reproved the man of the clergy for pursuing her romantically, for what reason did she do so?

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