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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. Of the author's five ways in which love can be acquired, which three produce the most worthy forms of love?
(a) Beauty, good character and ready speech.
(b) Ready speech, riches and good character.
(c) Riches, beauty and good character.
(d) Beauty, kindness and generosity toward expressed needs.

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

3. 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) They experience the greatest anticipation of their lives.
(d) No passion is purer than theirs.

4. When a nobleman approached a noblewoman and began a conversation appropriately, what was the nobleman to tell the noblewoman it was difficult to restrain himself from doing?
(a) Embracing her.
(b) Showering her with gifts.
(c) Kissing her.
(d) Praising her excessively.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When a higher nobleman spoke to a middle class woman, how was he advised to begin the conversation?

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

3. What might a middle class woman have said to a nobleman about his social ranking if he had pursued her romantically?

4. What did the author note that women can achieve through marriage, but men cannot?

5. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about private versus public relationships?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why the noblest class, the clergy, cannot look for love.

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

3. Two of the five ways in which love can be obtained are beauty and good character. Which of these wins love with little effort and which is the characteristic that wise men choose?

4. How can love result in poverty?

5. When a woman of nobility seized upon one of the flaws of a lower class man, how was he to best respond to win her affection?

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

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

8. How did the author describe the feelings associated with love before it becomes balanced on each side?

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

10. Provide one of the 31 rules of love provided at the end of Chapter 8.

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