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. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about two lovers' levels of desire?

2. Of the five ways to acquire love, what should wise lovers look for to attain a lasting love?

3. How did the author explain the issue of nature and homosexuality?

4. If a middle class woman were to resist a middle class man because he is younger than she, how must the man respond?

5. Who was Walter?

Short Essay Questions

1. In retaining love, give an example of how a man can keep a love from being publicly known.

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

3. What effects might love have upon the needs for food, drink and sleep?

4. Provide one example of why love is dangerous.

5. Give one example of how love can be decreased.

6. According to the dialogues, how best might a man of a lower social ranking win the favor of a woman of nobility?

7. Provide one of the 31 rules of love provided at the end of Chapter 8.

8. When a man of a lower class is rebuffed by a woman of nobility again and again, how best was he to respond to win a favorable reaction from her?

9. How can love result in poverty?

10. Explain two ways in which a nobleman was advised to approach a middle class woman he wished to pursue romantically.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Thinking of the ways in which the author described the nature of women in general, explain how the author felt about women overall. What are at least three examples of women's nature and desires that the author provided to support his feelings about women?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book, the costs and benefits of love are weighed. Provide three examples of the high costs of love and three examples of the benefits of love. Do the benefits outweigh the costs? Overall, does the author support those seeking love, or is his message more of a warning to avoid love and all of its troubles?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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