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

2. According to the author, how does love feel about homosexuality?

3. When a nobleman approached a noblewoman, how was he to begin a conversation?

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

5. What did the author warn Walter not to be fooled by when looking for love?

Short Essay Questions

1. When a woman of nobility seized upon one of the flaws of a lower class man, how was he to best respond to win her affection?

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

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

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. Explain why the noblest class, the clergy, cannot look for love.

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. What are the five ways in which the author explains that love can be acquired, and which three are the only ways to truly achieve love?

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

The book begins with Walter seeking advice from the author, Andreas Capellanus. Explain Walter's request of the author and the author's two goals in writing "The Art of Courtly Love". Do you believe that Andreas provided sufficient and helpful advice to Walter?

Essay Topic 3

Called "terrible" and "dangerous," the author provided many warnings against fooling with love. List at least three examples each for how love is both dangerous and terrible. Provide a real-life example of each you listed.

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