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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. Of the author's five ways in which love can be acquired, which three produce the most worthy forms of love?

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

3. In the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love, to what age group does a woman's ideal man belong?

4. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about how to deal with a current love affair?

5. According to the author, upon what do lovers focus their attention?

Short Essay Questions

1. When a man of higher nobility approached a woman of simple nobility, of what was he advised to avoid doing during conversation?

2. 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?

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

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

5. To what characteristic about himself was the middle class man advised to draw attention when trying to attract a woman of nobility?

6. Provide one example of why love is dangerous.

7. When the man and woman of higher nobility interact, what was the woman ready to do at any point during the conversation?

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

9. 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?

10. When the woman in Dialogue 8 reproved the man of the clergy for pursuing her romantically, for what reason did she do so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the author's feelings about peasants and their inclinations to love. Under what circumstances did the author suggest that peasants can experience love? What did the author mean when he suggested that someone who falls in love with a peasant should praise her and then, in a convenient location, "embrace [her] by force?"

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of jealousy in romantic relationships and the power it holds. What effects does jealousy have on lovers? Is jealousy always bad or always good? Can jealousy destroy love? Can it be a tool to restore love?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the various dialogues, the author teaches members of varying social classes the proper ways to interact on a romantic basis. Review the dialogues from Chapter 6 in which the middle class man approaches both a woman of the middle class and a noblewoman. Compare and contrast the two approach and conversation techniques and the women's responses to the man's advances.

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