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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 avarice, or love of wealth?
(a) Seek it out.
(b) Accept it.
(c) Cherish it.
(d) Avoid it.

2. How did the author explain the effects of love on the uncouth man?
(a) He truly becomes handsome when he is loved.
(b) He will never truly be loved.
(c) He can be seen as handsome by someone who loves him.
(d) He cannot love in return.

3. According to the author, upon what do lovers focus their attention?
(a) Having physical contact with those they love.
(b) Speaking words of love to those they love.
(c) Catching a glimpse of those they love.
(d) Bringing about the enjoyment of those they love.

4. For what reason would a nobleman claim that he would be willing to marry below his class?
(a) Great beauty.
(b) Godliness.
(c) Good character.
(d) Kindness.

5. After the middle class woman's initial reaction in the conversation, how did the author instruct the middle class man to respond?
(a) With more gentle leading.
(b) With a bit more kind-hearted teasing.
(c) With insistant words of praise.
(d) With another joke or funny story.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author cautioned that a man of low social standing approaching a woman of nobility unless the man be of what?

2. Which way of acquiring love does so with little effort?

3. When a nobleman approached a noblewoman, how was he to begin a conversation?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What negative effects can love have upon the virtues of honor and chastity?

3. Explain two ways in which a nobleman was advised to approach a middle class woman he wished to pursue romantically.

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

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

6. What did the author describe being requested by Walter in the Preface?

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

8. 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?

9. How might a man know that a love has been restored or is returning?

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

(see the answer keys)

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