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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. How might a man of the middle class convince a woman of nobility that they should enter into a romantic relationship?
(a) He should tell her about his good qualities and that they make him worthy of a higher ranking.
(b) He should avoid all talk of social ranking so that she does not discover the truth about him until she is in love.
(c) He should proudly inform her that he represents the best of the middle class and win her respect.
(d) He should be humble and lay out all of his faults, asking her for mercy.

2. In the first dialogue, how did the conversation between the middle class man and the middle class woman begin?
(a) The man waited for permission to approach the woman, greeting her with reverence and made conversation.
(b) The man greeted the woman normally, but only because she was with another female.
(c) The woman initiated the greeting but allowed the man to make conversation.
(d) The man greeted the woman normally and the woman made conversation naturally.

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

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) Showering her with gifts.
(b) Embracing her.
(c) Praising her excessively.
(d) Kissing her.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what stage of the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love should a woman try to find a lover?

2. In the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love, what is the first stage?

3. How did the author explain the link between love, perception and social class?

4. In the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love, to what age group does a woman's ideal man belong?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did the author state that nuns must fiercely avoid love?

3. 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.

4. As the man and woman in Dialogue 8 interacted, he asked her if a man could love two women in the courtly fashion. What was her response?

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

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

7. 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.

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

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

10. What are the five ways in which the author explains that love can be acquired, and which three are the only ways to truly achieve love?

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