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 a woman of high nobility accepted the romantic advances of a lower class man, she runs the risk of the public thinking that she did so only for what reason?

2. How did the author explain the connection between blindness and love?

3. When the middle class man successfully performed what the author suggested he should do in every conversation with a middle class woman, how did the woman respond?

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

5. The author cautioned that a man of low social standing approaching a woman of nobility unless the man be of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the Preface, explain the request that the author's friend made of him that led him to write the book.

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. What negative effects might love have upon warfare and peace?

7. Give one example of why the author described greedy women as "deadly enemies".

8. What negative effects can love have upon the virtues of honor and chastity?

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

10. What type of woman did the author encourage Walter to find?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

List the twelve rules for acquiring love and provide a brief example of each.

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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