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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 approach the topic of homosexuality?
(a) He believed that love between two women was an abomination, but love between two men was acceptable
(b) He believed that love has no boundaries, but religion can interfere with true love.
(c) He believed that love could only exist between a man and a woman.
(d) He believed that love between two men was an abomination, but love between two women was acceptable.

2. When the middle class man decided to suggest a relationship with the middle class woman, how did he proceed?
(a) By begging for her attention and the chance to know her better.
(b) By informing her that she would be wise to engage in a relationship with him.
(c) By asking her if she found him agreeable.
(d) By pointing out how much more noble she is than he.

3. When a middle class man approaches a very wise noblewoman, how must he behave?
(a) He should ignore her intelligence and focus on her beauty.
(b) He must prove that he is as smart, or smarter, than she.
(c) He should commend her for her brains as well as her beauty.
(d) He must not overly praise her.

4. When a middle class man initiates a conversation with a woman of higher nobility, how was he advised to handle the issue of his own lower social standing?
(a) He should never discuss social ranking with her at all.
(b) He should acknowledge it.
(c) He should ignore it.
(d) He should hide the truth from her.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. After the middle class woman's initial reaction in the conversation, how did the author instruct the middle class man to respond?

2. For a nobleman whose advances are being rebuffed by a middle class woman, what must he argue to her?

3. Who was Walter?

4. In the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love, to what age group does a woman's ideal man belong?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What negative effects can love have upon the virtues of honor and chastity?

2. Provide one example of why love is dangerous.

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

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

5. How can love result in poverty?

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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