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

2. According to the author, how does love feel about homosexuality?
(a) Love withers in homosexuality.
(b) Love embraces it.
(c) Love is replaced by lust in homosexuality.
(d) Love is ashamed to accept it.

3. What did the author note that women can achieve through marriage, but men cannot?
(a) Wealth.
(b) Good character.
(c) Protection from harm.
(d) Nobility.

4. The nobleman explained to the noblewoman he pursued that the real danger she should fear lay in what?
(a) Not following her heart.
(b) Tarnishing her reputation.
(c) Missing the chance to know true love with him.
(d) Being trapped in love with another.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When a woman of high nobility accepted the romantic advances of a lower class man, she runs the risk of the public thinking that she did so only for what reason?

3. According to the author, about what do people in love think continually?

4. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about two lovers' levels of desire?

5. How might a middle class woman respond to the advances of a nobleman?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Throughout the three dialogues in Book One, explain the main conversation tactic of middle class men, and the common reaction of woman of all social classes.

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

4. According to the dialogues, how best might a man of a lower social ranking win the favor of a woman of nobility?

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

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

7. When the man and woman of higher nobility interact, what was the woman ready to do at any point during the conversation?

8. 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?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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