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

2. Recalling the thing the author suggested a middle class man always do in a conversation with a middle class woman, when did he suggest that it be done in the course of a conversation?

3. How did the author explain the issue of nature and homosexuality?

4. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about avarice, or love of wealth?

5. What might a middle class woman have said to a nobleman about his social ranking if he had pursued her romantically?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the author state that women who give into carnal passion easily are difficult to love?

2. What effects might love have upon the needs for food, drink and sleep?

3. What thoughts and actions did the author describe as the main focus of lovers?

4. Explain the difference in the way a woman of a lower class and a woman of a higher class might have rebuffed a man's romantic advances.

5. Provide one of the 31 rules of love provided at the end of Chapter 8.

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

7. 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?

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

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the four-stage theory of the appropriate development of love.

Part 1: Provide an example of each stage in a real-life romantic scenario.

Part 2: In which stage of development did the author advise women to find a lover? Which age group did he suggest? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book, the costs and benefits of love are weighed. Provide three examples of the high costs of love and three examples of the benefits of love. Do the benefits outweigh the costs? Overall, does the author support those seeking love, or is his message more of a warning to avoid love and all of its troubles?

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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