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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. Should a middle class man approach a very wise noblewoman, what is the risk he takes in conducting himself poorly?
(a) Embarrassing himself.
(b) Being offensive.
(c) Boring her.
(d) Appearing foolish.

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

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

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

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. If a middle class woman was being pursued by a nobleman, what might she say to rebuff his advances?

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

3. Because a man will see his ideal woman, lust after her and make plans to woo her, how did the author explain love's origins?

4. How would a noblewoman respond to compliments from a nobleman?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What three issues did the author identify as barring someone from the experience of real love?

3. Provide one example why the author advised Walter not to look for love.

4. As the man and woman in Dialogue 8 argued about the costs and benefits of love, how did the man interpret the meaning of her continued resistance?

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

6. Why did the author state that nuns must fiercely avoid love?

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

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

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

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

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