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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. Because a man will see his ideal woman, lust after her and make plans to woo her, how did the author explain love's origins?
(a) It come directly from God when the moment is right.
(b) It is innate to humans.
(c) It develops only when a connection is there.
(d) It is a figment of the imagination.

2. How did the author approach the topic of homosexuality?
(a) He believed that love has no boundaries, but religion can interfere with true love.
(b) He believed that love could only exist between a man and a woman.
(c) He believed that love between two men was an abomination, but love between two women was acceptable.
(d) He believed that love between two women was an abomination, but love between two men was acceptable

3. What fear about endangering herself would a noblewoman have shared with a nobleman who was pursuing her romantically?
(a) Becoming careless and silly because of love.
(b) Tarnishing her reputation.
(c) Belittling her nobility.
(d) Giving into the power of the goddess of love.

4. According to the author in the Preface, what was his reason for writing the book?
(a) Showing the world the error of its ways.
(b) Helping a friend in love.
(c) Following orders from superiors.
(d) Following his own dream to share his knowledge.

5. If a middle class woman was being pursued by a nobleman, what might she say to rebuff his advances?
(a) That she was not worthy of his attention.
(b) That he should find a suitable woman from his own class.
(c) That she should wait for a middle class man of good character.
(d) That she suspected he was not good enough, even for her.

Short Answer Questions

1. How would the woman of higher nobility react to the middle class man after he informed her of his good qualities?

2. When the noblewoman expressed her fear about endangering herself, how would the nobleman be expected to respond?

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

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

5. For what reason would a nobleman claim that he would be willing to marry below his class?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. Under what condition may love be retained and still allow the lovers to indulge in the "solace of flesh"?

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

7. 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?

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

9. How can issues of faith and religion destroy love?

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

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