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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. What might a middle class woman have said to a nobleman about his social ranking if he had pursued her romantically?
(a) That he might slightly improve his social ranking.
(b) That he would greatly improve his social standing.
(c) That he might belittle his nobility.
(d) That he would lose social ranking entirely.

2. Before love becomes balanced on both sides, what did the author say happens to two people in love?
(a) Their feelings change from lust to a sacred love.
(b) No passion is purer than theirs.
(c) They experience the greatest anticipation of their lives.
(d) No suffering is greater than theirs.

3. Who was Walter?
(a) A blind man who could not love because he could not see.
(b) A nobleman who never knew true love.
(c) A good friend of the author.
(d) The author's real name.

4. How did the author explain the issue of nature and homosexuality?
(a) Nature makes homosexuality innate for some.
(b) Nature makes homosexuality impossible.
(c) Nature forbids homosexuality.
(d) Nature makes homosexuality innate for all, and heterosexuality is a choice.

5. How might a man of the middle class convince a woman of nobility that they should enter into a romantic relationship?
(a) He should proudly inform her that he represents the best of the middle class and win her respect.
(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 be humble and lay out all of his faults, asking her for mercy.
(d) He should tell her about his good qualities and that they make him worthy of a higher ranking.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, how does love feel about homosexuality?

2. According to the author, what is the only way that a lover can accept something of value from the beloved?

3. If a middle class woman was being pursued by a nobleman, what might she say to rebuff his advances?

4. Of the five ways to acquire love, what should wise lovers look for to attain a lasting love?

5. What did the author suggest that a middle class man always do in a conversation with a middle class woman?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did the woman in Dialogue 8 suspect was the motive for the clergyman nobleman's interest in her, and how did he respond to her accusation?

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. Explain how the nobleman was advised to approach a noblewoman, and how he was to begin conversation with her.

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

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

10. Provide one example why the author advised Walter not to look for love.

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