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 might a man of the middle class convince a woman of nobility that they should enter into a romantic relationship?

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

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

4. What might a middle class woman have said to a nobleman about his social ranking if he had pursued her romantically?

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

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. 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. Why did the author believe that women could not bind themselves to lovers in mutual love as men can?

4. According to the dialogues, how best might a man of a lower social ranking win the favor of a woman of nobility?

5. Provide one example of why love is dangerous.

6. What it is that woman can achieve through marriage that men cannot?

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

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

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

10. Though the noblewoman would have argued that love might endanger her, what would the nobleman have identified as the true dangers of love.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the author's feelings about peasants and their inclinations to love. Under what circumstances did the author suggest that peasants can experience love? What did the author mean when he suggested that someone who falls in love with a peasant should praise her and then, in a convenient location, "embrace [her] by force?"

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In Book 2, ways to retain love are discussed. List and describe specific ways in which feelings of love can be retained and increased after a relationship has been consummated. List and describe sure ways to cause love to decrease or end.

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