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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. In the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love, what is the third stage?
(a) Whole person.
(b) Embrace.
(c) Kiss.
(d) Hope.

2. For a nobleman whose advances are being rebuffed by a middle class woman, what must he argue to her?
(a) That she may be low born, but she deserves to be treated as upper class.
(b) The goodness of his character.
(c) That she is more beautiful and kind than any woman in his class.
(d) The importance of his social ranking.

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

4. What did the author describe as the result of focusing on the beauty of another?
(a) Pure passion.
(b) Harmony.
(c) Lustful thoughts.
(d) Innate suffering.

5. During a conversation between a nobleman and a noblewoman, what was she to give permission for him to do?
(a) Speak to her about love.
(b) Sit beside her.
(c) Look her in the face.
(d) Touch her hand.

Short Answer Questions

1. If a nobleman wished to select a middle class woman, what was his best course of action to woo her?

2. When a nobleman sat next to a middle class woman without permission, what message does he send?

3. Despite her social rank, how might a middle class man perceive a noblewoman to be?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. To what characteristic about himself was the middle class man advised to draw attention when trying to attract a woman of nobility?

2. How did the author describe the way greedy women love, and what group did he suggest greedy women should join?

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. When the woman in Dialogue 8 reproved the man of the clergy for pursuing her romantically, for what reason did she do so?

8. In retaining love, give an example of how a man can keep a love from being publicly known.

9. What type of woman did the author encourage Walter to find?

10. When the man and woman of higher nobility interact, the woman told the man that he should be interested in something higher than the love between a man and a woman. How did the man respond?

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