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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. Recalling the thing the author suggested a middle class man always do in a conversation with a middle class woman, when did he suggest that it be done in the course of a conversation?
(a) Early in the conversation.
(b) Before the conversation really begins.
(c) At the end of the conversation.
(d) In the middle of the conversation.

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

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

4. In the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love, what is the third stage?
(a) Embrace.
(b) Kiss.
(c) Hope.
(d) Whole person.

5. For a nobleman whose advances are being rebuffed by a middle class woman, what must he argue to her?
(a) That she is more beautiful and kind than any woman in his class.
(b) The importance of his social ranking.
(c) That she may be low born, but she deserves to be treated as upper class.
(d) The goodness of his character.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the author warn Walter not to be fooled by when looking for love?

2. If a nobleman wished to select a middle class woman, what was his best course of action to woo her?

3. In wooing a woman of higher social ranking, how might the middle class man best win her attention?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of woman did the author encourage Walter to find?

2. What did the author advise women to do if their men are unfaithful, and why?

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

4. When the man and woman of higher nobility interact, the woman told the man that he should be interested in something higher than the love between a man and a woman. How did the man respond?

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

6. Throughout the three dialogues in Book One, explain the main conversation tactic of middle class men, and the common reaction of woman of all social classes.

7. In the instance of the older woman insisting to a man that she was too old for love, she expressed deep skepticism and lack interest. How did the man react?

8. Why did the author believe that women could not bind themselves to lovers in mutual love as men can?

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

10. How can love result in poverty?

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