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. According to the author, what does love cause a person to seek above all other things?

2. If a nobleman effectively offered the correct praise to a noblewoman, what might she have permitted him to do daily?

3. Which way of acquiring love does so with little effort?

4. What did the author note that women can achieve through marriage, but men cannot?

5. In the four-stage theory of appropriate development of love, what is the fourth stage?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can issues of faith and religion destroy love?

2. What negative effects can love have upon the virtues of honor and chastity?

3. Explain how the nobleman was advised to approach a noblewoman, and how he was to begin conversation with her.

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. Why did the author state that women who give into carnal passion easily are difficult to love?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The book begins with Walter seeking advice from the author, Andreas Capellanus. Explain Walter's request of the author and the author's two goals in writing "The Art of Courtly Love". Do you believe that Andreas provided sufficient and helpful advice to Walter?

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

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?"

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