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

2. What fear about endangering herself would a noblewoman have shared with a nobleman who was pursuing her romantically?

3. How did the author explain the connection between love and greed?

4. In the first dialogue, how did the conversation between the middle class man and the middle class woman begin?

5. What did the author suggest that a middle class man always do in a conversation with a middle class woman?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When a man of a lower class is rebuffed by a woman of nobility again and again, how best was he to respond to win a favorable reaction from her?

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. To what characteristic about himself was the middle class man advised to draw attention when trying to attract a woman of nobility?

10. Should a woman of high nobility have fallen in love with a man of a lower class, what did she risk the public thinking of her?

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

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 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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