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 decided to suggest a relationship with the middle class woman, how did he proceed?

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

3. Of the author's five ways in which love can be acquired, which three produce the most worthy forms of love?

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

5. According to the author in the Preface, what was his reason for writing the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In retaining love, give an example of how a man can keep a love from being publicly known.

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

4. In the instance of the older woman insisting to a man that she was too old for love, she expressed deep skepticism and lack interest. How did the man react?

5. How can issues of faith and religion destroy love?

6. 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.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the beginning of the book, the author expresses strong opinions on the subject of homosexuality. Explain his opinions and cite the reasoning behind them.

Essay Topic 2

Review the dialogues, paying careful attention to the romantic advances of the men involved in them. What similarities do you observe in all of the interactions on the part of the men as they interact with women of varying social rankings. What are the greatest differences? With which social rank of woman do you sense that the man was most respectful and "well behaved?" With which was he the worst?

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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