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 warn Walter not to be fooled by when looking for love?

2. In the dialogue between the nobleman and the noblewoman, how was the nobleman advised to respond when the noblewoman admitted that enjoying love was great and rejecting it was harmful, and though she was afraid of love's burdens, she had an interest in it?

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

4. How would a noblewoman respond to compliments from a nobleman?

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

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

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

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

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

6. What did the author describe being requested by Walter in the Preface?

7. 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?

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

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

10. How did the author explain the effects of love on the uncouth man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

List and describe the five ways in which love can be acquired. Explain which three were identified as the only ways to truly achieve love and why two of them cannot produce love worthily.

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