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. When the higher nobleman spoke to the woman of simple nobility, what was he advised to avoid doing in conversation with her?

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

3. Recalling the thing the author suggested a middle class man always do in a conversation with a middle class woman, when did he suggest that it be done in the course of a conversation?

4. How would a noblewoman respond to compliments from a nobleman?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

4. Provide one example why the author advised Walter not to look for love.

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

6. In what ways may love increase after it has been consummated?

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

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

9. When the man and woman of higher nobility interact, what was the woman ready to do at any point during the conversation?

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

In Book Two, the author reviewed decisions in love cases, many of which involved the Countess of Champagne. Select three of the cases decided by the Countess of Champagne and review her decisions. Are there similarities in her decisions? What are the greatest differences?

Essay Topic 2

List and describe the five ways in which love can be acquired. Explain which three were identified as the only ways to truly achieve love and why two of them cannot produce love worthily.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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