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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Boethius say of Philosophy's arguments?
(a) They are weak.
(b) They are useless.
(c) They do not apply to him.
(d) They are elegant.

2. What are the two main characteristics of Fortune's personality?
(a) Indifferent and chaotic.
(b) Confident and extroverted.
(c) Introverted and fearful.
(d) Playful and revengeful.

3. Why does the woman share Boethius' cell?
(a) Because she never abandons a student.
(b) Because she likes enclosed spaces.
(c) Because she likes him.
(d) Because she needs to talk.

4. What is Boethius forced to do after hearing Philosophy's arguments?
(a) Remain silent.
(b) Escape.
(c) Complain
(d) Agree with her.

5. What gift did God give to men according to Boethius?
(a) Houses.
(b) Curiosity.
(c) Freedom.
(d) Knowledge.

6. How was Boethius' life before prison?
(a) Full of hard manual work.
(b) Comfortable.
(c) Boring.
(d) Full of hatred.

7. Why does the woman tell Boethius that he is responsible for his situation?
(a) Because he didn't became Emperor when he had the chance.
(b) Because he always ran from his responsibilities.
(c) Because a philosopher does not need books or libraries to be a philosopher.
(d) Because he had too much money.

8. Who is seduced by the ups and downs of Fortune according to the woman?
(a) Old people.
(b) Women only.
(c) The foolish.
(d) Normal men.

9. How is Boethius feeling after the woman's speech about the ups and downs of Fortune?
(a) Confused.
(b) Angry.
(c) Sleepy.
(d) Happy.

10. Why is the woman not able to help Boethius shortly after their meeting?
(a) He talks too much.
(b) He is in jail.
(c) He does not talk.
(d) He has no money to pay her.

11. Who does the woman compare Boethius to?
(a) Anaxagoras and Socrates.
(b) Socrates and Plato.
(c) Alexander and Brutus.
(d) Nero and Caesar.

12. What does Philosophy tell Boethius to make her point about fortune?
(a) That Boethius had similar arguments when he was rich.
(b) That philosophy knows best.
(c) That God explained how it works.
(d) That Fortune says the same thing.

13. What does Philosophy say could be wrong with a man of good reputation in her example about not being able to be truly happy?
(a) He might not know God.
(b) He might not have a good domestic life.
(c) He might be ugly.
(d) He might not be rich.

14. Who condemned the senate according to Boethius?
(a) Marc Antony.
(b) Julius Caesar.
(c) Cleopatra.
(d) Emperor Hadrian.

15. What was Boethius once, according to the woman?
(a) An admiral.
(b) A merchant.
(c) A soldier.
(d) A philosopher.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Boethius say Philosophy's arguments do not soothe his pain?

2. What does the woman's bearing betray according to Boethius?

3. What does Philosophy tell Boethius to be thankful for?

4. Why does Philosophy say that material possessions are relatively insignificant?

5. What protects Boethius from his persecutors according to the woman?

(see the answer keys)

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