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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 might a middle class woman have said to a nobleman about his social ranking if he had pursued her romantically?
(a) That he would lose social ranking entirely.
(b) That he might belittle his nobility.
(c) That he might slightly improve his social ranking.
(d) That he would greatly improve his social standing.

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

3. How did the author explain the effects of love on the uncouth man?
(a) He truly becomes handsome when he is loved.
(b) He will never truly be loved.
(c) He can be seen as handsome by someone who loves him.
(d) He cannot love in return.

4. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. According to the author, about what do people in love think continually?

3. Of what other danger did the nobleman warn the noblewoman?

4. Which way of acquiring love does so with little effort?

5. When a nobleman approached a noblewoman and began a conversation appropriately, what was the nobleman to tell the noblewoman it was difficult to restrain himself from doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What example did the author use to explain why love is innate?

2. Give one example of why the author described greedy women as "deadly enemies".

3. What are the five ways in which the author explains that love can be acquired, and which three are the only ways to truly achieve love?

4. Explain the difference in the way a woman of a lower class and a woman of a higher class might have rebuffed a man's romantic advances.

5. When the man in Dialogue 8 asks the woman if a man should be punished for going to another woman without loving her or achieving his desire, how did she respond?

6. What it is that woman can achieve through marriage that men cannot?

7. Explain the author's stance on love and homosexuality.

8. When the man and woman of higher nobility interact, what was the woman ready to do at any point during the conversation?

9. Explain the singular reason why a nobleman would be willing to marry below his class.

10. What did the author describe being requested by Walter in the Preface?

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