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 explain the effects of excess passion on love?

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

3. When a nobleman approached a noblewoman and began a conversation appropriately, what was the nobleman to tell the noblewoman it was difficult to restrain himself from doing?

4. How might a man of the middle class convince a woman of nobility that they should enter into a romantic relationship?

5. In the first dialogue, how did the conversation between the middle class man and the middle class woman begin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the noblewoman would have argued with the nobleman about her fears about love and endangering her, and how the nobleman would have reacted.

2. Provide one example the author gave for why women are greedy and generally bad.

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

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

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

6. When the man in Dialogue 8 asks the woman if a man should be punished for going to another woman without loving her or achieving his desire, how did she respond?

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

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

9. What role does levels of desire play in the author's twelve rules for acquiring love?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Called "terrible" and "dangerous," the author provided many warnings against fooling with love. List at least three examples each for how love is both dangerous and terrible. Provide a real-life example of each you listed.

Essay Topic 2

In the beginning of the book, the author expresses strong opinions on the subject of homosexuality. Explain his opinions and cite the reasoning behind them.

Essay Topic 3

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

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