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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 did the author explain the connection between blindness and love?
(a) Blind people fall in love too often because they cannot determine true beauty.
(b) The blind cannot see anything on which the mind can become obsessed.
(c) The eyes of the soul see all that needs to be seen.
(d) Blind people love better than those with sight because they use all of their senses.

2. In wooing a woman of higher social ranking, how might the middle class man best win her attention?
(a) He should pretend to be of a higher class until she gets to know him.
(b) He should acknowledge that he is undeserving of her and beg for her favor.
(c) He should avoid the issue of social class and focus only on flattering her with praise.
(d) He should tell her that love transcends social class.

3. When the higher nobleman spoke to the woman of simple nobility, what was he advised to avoid doing in conversation with her?
(a) Insulting her intelligence.
(b) Praising her too much.
(c) Boasting about his nobility.
(d) Belittling her nobility.

4. How would the woman of higher nobility react to the middle class man after he informed her of his good qualities?
(a) She would be flattered.
(b) She would admire his tenacity.
(c) She would degrade them.
(d) She would insist on proof.

5. According to the author in the Preface, what was his reason for writing the book?
(a) Helping a friend in love.
(b) Following his own dream to share his knowledge.
(c) Following orders from superiors.
(d) Showing the world the error of its ways.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what other danger did the nobleman warn the noblewoman?

2. The word "love" is derived from what word?

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

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

5. How did the author explain the connection between love and greed?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the instance of the older woman insisting to a man that she was too old for love, she expressed deep skepticism and lack interest. How did the man react?

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

3. What it is that woman can achieve through marriage that men cannot?

4. How can love result in poverty?

5. When the man in Dialogue 8 asks the woman if a man should be punished for going to another woman without loving her or achieving his desire, how did she respond?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. Two of the five ways in which love can be obtained are beauty and good character. Which of these wins love with little effort and which is the characteristic that wise men choose?

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