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

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

3. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about two lovers' levels of desire?

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

5. Among the author's twelve rules for acquiring love, what did he have to say about private versus public relationships?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. As the man and woman in Dialogue 8 interacted, he asked her if a man could love two women in the courtly fashion. What was her response?

3. Identify and describe the word from which "love" was derived.

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

5. 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.

6. Give one example of how love can be decreased.

7. How did the author explain the effects of love on the uncouth man?

8. What did the author advise women to do if their men are unfaithful, and why?

9. How did the author describe the way greedy women love, and what group did he suggest greedy women should join?

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

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

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 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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