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. How did the author approach the topic of homosexuality?

2. According to the author, what does love cause a person to seek above all other things?

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

4. Who was Walter?

5. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about avarice, or love of wealth?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain why the Countess replied in her letter to the man of higher nobility that love cannot exist between two people who are married.

3. What advice did the author give about seeking the love of prostitutes?

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

5. What it is that woman can achieve through marriage that men cannot?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The author warned Walter to avoid many of the pitfalls of love, including avoiding romance with certain people. Explain why the author warned Walter to avoid the following three types of women: nuns, prostitutes and greedy women.

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

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

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