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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. Before love becomes balanced on both sides, what did the author say happens to two people in love?
(a) No suffering is greater than theirs.
(b) Their feelings change from lust to a sacred love.
(c) No passion is purer than theirs.
(d) They experience the greatest anticipation of their lives.

2. After the middle class woman's initial reaction in the conversation, how did the author instruct the middle class man to respond?
(a) With a bit more kind-hearted teasing.
(b) With more gentle leading.
(c) With another joke or funny story.
(d) With insistant words of praise.

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

4. Of what other danger did the nobleman warn the noblewoman?
(a) Losing her nobility.
(b) Choosing the wrong man.
(c) Never having children.
(d) Never loving at all.

5. How would the woman of higher nobility react to the middle class man after he informed her of his good qualities?
(a) She would be flattered.
(b) She would degrade them.
(c) She would admire his tenacity.
(d) She would insist on proof.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the dialogue between the nobleman and the noblewoman, how was the nobleman advised to respond when the noblewoman admitted that enjoying love was great and rejecting it was harmful, and though she was afraid of love's burdens, she had an interest in it?

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

3. In what stage of the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love should a woman try to find a lover?

4. How did the author approach the topic of homosexuality?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. Identify and describe the word from which "love" was derived.

3. How can issues of faith and religion destroy love?

4. How did the author explain the nature of peasants and their inclination to love?

5. What did the woman in Dialogue 8 suspect was the motive for the clergyman nobleman's interest in her, and how did he respond to her accusation?

6. 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.

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

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

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

10. As the man and woman in Dialogue 8 interacted, he asked her if a man could love two women in the courtly fashion. What was her response?

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