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. After the middle class woman's initial reaction in the conversation, how did the author instruct the middle class man to respond?

2. When a higher nobleman spoke to a middle class woman, how was he advised to begin the conversation?

3. What did the author describe as the result of focusing on the beauty of another?

4. The author cautioned that a man of low social standing approaching a woman of nobility unless the man be of what?

5. According to the author, what is the only way that a lover can accept something of value from the beloved?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What negative effects might love have upon warfare and peace?

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

5. 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?

6. Why did the author state that nuns must fiercely avoid love?

7. Provide one example the author gave for why women are greedy and generally bad.

8. As the man and woman in Dialogue 8 argued about the costs and benefits of love, how did the man interpret the meaning of her continued resistance?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Review the thirty-one rules of love and select three that appeal to you. For each, briefly explain why this rule is important for love to flourish.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the various dialogues, the author teaches members of varying social classes the proper ways to interact on a romantic basis. Review the dialogues from Chapter 6 in which the middle class man approaches both a woman of the middle class and a noblewoman. Compare and contrast the two approach and conversation techniques and the women's responses to the man's advances.

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