The Art of Courtly Love Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. How might a man of the middle class convince a woman of nobility that they should enter into a romantic relationship?

3. What did the author note that women can achieve through marriage, but men cannot?

4. According to the author, about what do people in love think continually?

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. How can love result in poverty?

2. What did the author describe being requested by Walter in the Preface?

3. According to the dialogues, how best might a man of a lower social ranking win the favor of a woman of nobility?

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

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

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

7. Identify and describe the word from which "love" was derived.

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

9. Throughout the three dialogues in Book One, explain the main conversation tactic of middle class men, and the common reaction of woman of all social classes.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Book Three, the author stated that it is unclear what good comes to men through love besides the love itself. In fact, the author cited many examples of harm that can come from love. In what ways can love cause the following: loss of honor, threat to chastity and destruction of peace?

Essay Topic 2

Thinking of the ways in which the author described the nature of women in general, explain how the author felt about women overall. What are at least three examples of women's nature and desires that the author provided to support his feelings about women?

Essay Topic 3

Review the thirty-one rules of love and select three that appeal to you. For each, briefly explain why this rule is important for love to flourish.

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