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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. When the middle class man decided to suggest a relationship with the middle class woman, how did he proceed?
(a) By begging for her attention and the chance to know her better.
(b) By informing her that she would be wise to engage in a relationship with him.
(c) By pointing out how much more noble she is than he.
(d) By asking her if she found him agreeable.

2. During a conversation between a nobleman and a noblewoman, what was she to give permission for him to do?
(a) Look her in the face.
(b) Sit beside her.
(c) Touch her hand.
(d) Speak to her about love.

3. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about private versus public relationships?
(a) Love affairs should be made public.
(b) Private love affairs are considered adultery.
(c) Love affairs should be kept private.
(d) Public love affairs are doomed for failure.

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

5. According to the author, what is the only way that a lover can accept something of value from the beloved?
(a) If the giver is in love, as well.
(b) Only if it caused the giver great joy.
(c) If it was painful for the giver to give.
(d) If it is given freely.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Of the five ways to acquire love, what should wise lovers look for to attain a lasting love?

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

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

5. When a nobleman sat next to a middle class woman without permission, what message does he send?

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. 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?

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

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

5. 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.

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

7. Why did the author state that women who give into carnal passion easily are difficult to love?

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

9. Though the noblewoman would have argued that love might endanger her, what would the nobleman have identified as the true dangers of love.

10. 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?

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