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. Despite her social rank, how might a middle class man perceive a noblewoman to be?

2. How did the author explain the connection between blindness and love?

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

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

5. Should a middle class man approach a very wise noblewoman, what is the risk he takes in conducting himself poorly?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the five ways in which the author explains that love can be acquired, and which three are the only ways to truly achieve love?

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

3. In the Preface, explain the request that the author's friend made of him that led him to write the book.

4. What thoughts and actions did the author describe as the main focus of lovers?

5. 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.

6. When a man of higher nobility approached a woman of simple nobility, of what was he advised to avoid doing during conversation?

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

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

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

10. What type of woman did the author encourage Walter to find?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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