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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. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about how to deal with a current love affair?
(a) Break one up by acting quickly to lessen the sting.
(b) Never break one up knowingly.
(c) Break one up only by speaking with kindness to both parties.
(d) Meddling in a current affair should only be done once in a man's life.

2. According to the author, what does love cause a person to seek above all other things?
(a) A glimpse of the one he loves.
(b) The embrace of the one he loves.
(c) The chance to speak with the one he loves.
(d) The thought of the one he loves.

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

4. Recalling the thing the author suggested a middle class man always do in a conversation with a middle class woman, when did he suggest that it be done in the course of a conversation?
(a) At the end of the conversation.
(b) Before the conversation really begins.
(c) Early in the conversation.
(d) In the middle of the conversation.

5. When a middle class man initiates a conversation with a woman of higher nobility, how was he advised to handle the issue of his own lower social standing?
(a) He should acknowledge it.
(b) He should ignore it.
(c) He should hide the truth from her.
(d) He should never discuss social ranking with her at all.

Short Answer Questions

1. If a nobleman wished to select a middle class woman, what was his best course of action to woo her?

2. How did the author explain the effects of excess passion on love?

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

4. According to the author in the Preface, what was his reason for writing the book?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. When a man of higher nobility approached a woman of simple nobility, of what was he advised to avoid doing during conversation?

2. Explain how the noblewoman would have argued with the nobleman about her fears about love and endangering her, and how the nobleman would have reacted.

3. 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?

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

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

6. What advice did the author give about seeking the love of prostitutes?

7. 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?

8. What negative effects might love have upon warfare and peace?

9. What effects might love have upon the needs for food, drink and sleep?

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

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