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 link between love, perception and social class?

2. How would the woman of higher nobility react to the middle class man after he informed her of his good qualities?

3. In wooing a woman of higher social ranking, how might the middle class man best win her attention?

4. When a nobleman sat next to a middle class woman without permission, what message does he send?

5. Who was Walter?

Short Essay Questions

1. As the man and woman in Dialogue 8 argued about the costs and benefits of love, how did the man interpret the meaning of her continued resistance?

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

3. When the man and woman of higher nobility interact, the woman told the man that he should be interested in something higher than the love between a man and a woman. How did the man respond?

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

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

6. Explain the difference in the way a woman of a lower class and a woman of a higher class might have rebuffed a man's romantic advances.

7. 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.

8. 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?

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

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

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

Throughout the dialogues, the women, regardless of their social ranking, continually rebuff the advances of the men who sought to pursue them romantically. Review the dialogues and the women's responses to the men's advances. What similarities to you observe in their responses? What are the greatest differences?

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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