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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. The author cautioned that a man of low social standing approaching a woman of nobility unless the man be of what?
(a) Bravery.
(b) Steel.
(c) Good character.
(d) Foolishness.

2. The nobleman explained to the noblewoman he pursued that the real danger she should fear lay in what?
(a) Not following her heart.
(b) Tarnishing her reputation.
(c) Missing the chance to know true love with him.
(d) Being trapped in love with another.

3. According to the author in the Preface, what was his reason for writing the book?
(a) Helping a friend in love.
(b) Showing the world the error of its ways.
(c) Following orders from superiors.
(d) Following his own dream to share his knowledge.

4. How did the author explain the issue of nature and homosexuality?
(a) Nature makes homosexuality innate for all, and heterosexuality is a choice.
(b) Nature forbids homosexuality.
(c) Nature makes homosexuality innate for some.
(d) Nature makes homosexuality impossible.

5. 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?
(a) He should be wary of her.
(b) He should thank her.
(c) He should correct her gently.
(d) He should embrace her.

Short Answer Questions

1. Should a middle class man approach a very wise noblewoman, what is the risk he takes in conducting himself poorly?

2. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about how to deal with a current love affair?

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

4. In the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love, what is the second stage?

5. After the middle class woman's initial reaction in the conversation, how did the author instruct the middle class man to respond?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

7. In what ways may love increase after it has been consummated?

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

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

10. 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?

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