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

2. When the middle class man approached the woman of higher nobility and she told him finally that he had no reason to hope, how was he to respond?

3. When a middle class man approaches a very wise noblewoman, how must he behave?

4. What is the meaning of the word from which "love" is derived?

5. In the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love, what is the second stage?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What example did the author use to explain why love is innate?

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

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

5. What did the author describe as arising from the perception and focus on the beauty of another?

6. Give one example of how love can be decreased.

7. How might a man know that a love has been restored or is returning?

8. Explain the singular reason why a nobleman would be willing to marry below his class.

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Explain the author's feelings about peasants and their inclinations to love. Under what circumstances did the author suggest that peasants can experience love? What did the author mean when he suggested that someone who falls in love with a peasant should praise her and then, in a convenient location, "embrace [her] by force?"

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