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. What might a middle class woman have said to a nobleman about his social ranking if he had pursued her romantically?

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

3. When the middle class man approached the woman of higher nobility and she told him finally that he had no reason to hope, how was he to respond?

4. What fear about endangering herself would a noblewoman have shared with a nobleman who was pursuing her romantically?

5. The nobleman explained to the noblewoman he pursued that the real danger she should fear lay in what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Provide one example of why love is dangerous.

5. Give one example of why the author described greedy women as "deadly enemies".

6. Though the noblewoman would have argued that love might endanger her, what would the nobleman have identified as the true dangers of love.

7. 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?

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

9. How might a man know that a love has been restored or is returning?

10. As the man and woman in Dialogue 8 interacted, he asked her if a man could love two women in the courtly fashion. What was her response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Book Three, the author stated that it is unclear what good comes to men through love besides the love itself. In fact, the author cited many examples of harm that can come from love. In what ways can love cause the following: loss of honor, threat to chastity and destruction of peace?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The author states that everyone of sound mind can do the works of love unless disabled by age, blindness or excess passion. Provide an example of each of these barriers to attaining love and explain why they might prohibit someone from experiencing love.

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