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

2. Of the five ways to acquire love, which is the only one worthy of love?

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

4. When the middle class man successfully performed what the author suggested he should do in every conversation with a middle class woman, how did the woman respond?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the author describe the feelings associated with love before it becomes balanced on each side?

2. 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?

3. Explain the singular reason why a nobleman would be willing to marry below his class.

4. What did the woman in Dialogue 8 suspect was the motive for the clergyman nobleman's interest in her, and how did he respond to her accusation?

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

6. Two of the five ways in which love can be obtained are beauty and good character. Which of these wins love with little effort and which is the characteristic that wise men choose?

7. What did the author describe as arising from the perception and focus on the beauty of another?

8. Provide one example the author gave for why women are greedy and generally bad.

9. What advice did the author give about seeking the love of prostitutes?

10. Why did the author state that nuns must fiercely avoid love?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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