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. For what reason would a nobleman claim that he would be willing to marry below his class?

2. What fear about endangering herself would a noblewoman have shared with a nobleman who was pursuing her romantically?

3. When the noblewoman expressed her fear about endangering herself, how would the nobleman be expected to respond?

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

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the author describe the feelings associated with love before it becomes balanced on each side?

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

3. What three issues did the author identify as barring someone from the experience of real love?

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

5. Though the noblewoman would have argued that love might endanger her, what would the nobleman have identified as the true dangers of love.

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

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. 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.

9. Identify and describe the word from which "love" was derived.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In Book 2, ways to retain love are discussed. List and describe specific ways in which feelings of love can be retained and increased after a relationship has been consummated. List and describe sure ways to cause love to decrease or end.

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