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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. Of the five ways to acquire love, what should wise lovers look for to attain a lasting love?
(a) Beauty.
(b) Good character.
(c) Riches.
(d) Ready speech.

2. When a middle class man suggests a relationship with a middle class woman and she resists him, how is the man to respond?
(a) He must take it as a cue to take the upper hand and deal with her firmly.
(b) He must ask her what he must do to win her heart.
(c) He must rebuff her again and again.
(d) He must thank her for her time and end the conversation.

3. 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 makes homosexuality innate for all, and heterosexuality is a choice.
(d) Nature forbids homosexuality.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the author warn Walter not to be fooled by when looking for love?

2. 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?

3. Who was Walter?

4. When the middle class man successfully performed what the author suggested he should do in every conversation with a middle class woman, how did the woman respond?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Give one example of how love can be decreased.

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

3. What negative effects might love have upon warfare and peace?

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

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

6. What role does levels of desire play in the author's twelve rules for acquiring love?

7. Explain why the Countess replied in her letter to the man of higher nobility that love cannot exist between two people who are married.

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

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

10. How might a man know that a love has been restored or is returning?

(see the answer keys)

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