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. Before love becomes balanced on both sides, what did the author say happens to two people in love?

2. How did the author explain the effects of excess passion on love?

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

4. In the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love, what is the fourth stage?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did the author state that nuns must fiercely avoid love?

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

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

5. Why did the author believe that women could not bind themselves to lovers in mutual love as men can?

6. When a man of higher nobility approached a woman of simple nobility, of what was he advised to avoid doing during conversation?

7. How can love result in poverty?

8. How did the author explain the nature of peasants and their inclination to love?

9. What did the author advise women to do if their men are unfaithful, and why?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Book Two, the author reviewed decisions in love cases, many of which involved the Countess of Champagne. Select three of the cases decided by the Countess of Champagne and review her decisions. Are there similarities in her decisions? What are the greatest differences?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of jealousy in romantic relationships and the power it holds. What effects does jealousy have on lovers? Is jealousy always bad or always good? Can jealousy destroy love? Can it be a tool to restore love?

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