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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. Despite her social rank, how might a middle class man perceive a noblewoman to be?
(a) Childish.
(b) Bad-mannered.
(c) Boring.
(d) Unsophisticated.

2. 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) Before the conversation really begins.
(b) Early in the conversation.
(c) In the middle of the conversation.
(d) At the end of the conversation.

3. If a middle class woman asked for the chance to think over the romantic advances of a nobleman, how was the nobleman to respond?
(a) He was to convince her to follow her heart, not her mind.
(b) He was to give her a time limit or appear foolish.
(c) He was to agree to wait.
(d) He was to insist that she decide immediately.

4. When a higher nobleman spoke to a middle class woman, how was he advised to begin the conversation?
(a) By giving her a gift.
(b) By complimenting her intelligence.
(c) By telling her immediately that he is interested in her.
(d) With flattery.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what other danger did the nobleman warn the noblewoman?

2. For a nobleman whose advances are being rebuffed by a middle class woman, what must he argue to her?

3. What did the author describe as the result of focusing on the beauty of another?

4. According to the author, what does love cause a person to seek above all other things?

5. If a nobleman effectively offered the correct praise to a noblewoman, what might she have permitted him to do daily?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Provide one example the author gave for why women are greedy and generally bad.

3. When a man of a lower class is rebuffed by a woman of nobility again and again, how best was he to respond to win a favorable reaction from her?

4. 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.

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

6. Explain the difference in the way a woman of a lower class and a woman of a higher class might have rebuffed a man's romantic advances.

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

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

9. Provide one example of why love is dangerous.

10. What example did the author use to explain why love is innate?

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