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 a middle class man initiates a conversation with a woman of higher nobility, how was he advised to handle the issue of his own lower social standing?

2. How did the author approach the topic of homosexuality?

3. When a middle class man suggests a relationship with a middle class woman and she resists him, how is the man to respond?

4. Who was Walter?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain two ways in which a nobleman was advised to approach a middle class woman he wished to pursue romantically.

3. Under what condition may love be retained and still allow the lovers to indulge in the "solace of flesh"?

4. How can love result in poverty?

5. In the instance of the older woman insisting to a man that she was too old for love, she expressed deep skepticism and lack interest. How did the man react?

6. When the man and woman of higher nobility interact, the woman told the man that he should be interested in something higher than the love between a man and a woman. How did the man respond?

7. When a woman of nobility seized upon one of the flaws of a lower class man, how was he to best respond to win her affection?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Thinking of the ways in which the author described the nature of women in general, explain how the author felt about women overall. What are at least three examples of women's nature and desires that the author provided to support his feelings about women?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the dialogues, the women, regardless of their social ranking, continually rebuff the advances of the men who sought to pursue them romantically. Review the dialogues and the women's responses to the men's advances. What similarities to you observe in their responses? What are the greatest differences?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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