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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the woman speak to Boethius?
(a) In song.
(b) Normally.
(c) In verse.
(d) With gestures.

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

3. According to Philosophy, what are the remarks Philosophy makes about Fortune at the beginning of the Book II?
(a) Everything she has to say.
(b) Only a small part of her great wisdom.
(c) Only an introduction to her main argument.
(d) Everything Boethius needs to feel better.

4. What does the woman disagree with Boethius about in Book 1?
(a) That he can't escape from prison.
(b) That the earth is flat.
(c) That the affairs of men are beyond Divine Providence.
(d) That God is all powerful.

5. What does Philosophy say could be wrong with a man of riches in her example about not being able to be truly happy?
(a) He might not have any political power.
(b) He might be crippled.
(c) He might be despised by the masses.
(d) He might not have a wife.

6. Who does Philosophy say Boethius cherishes?
(a) His peers.
(b) His family.
(c) His friends.
(d) God.

7. What does the woman's bearing betray according to Boethius?
(a) Who her parents are.
(b) How young she is.
(c) Where she comes from.
(d) How ancient she is.

8. 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 a philosopher does not need books or libraries to be a philosopher.
(c) Because he had too much money.
(d) Because he always ran from his responsibilities.

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

10. What should Boethius keep in mind concerning his money?
(a) How weak his hold on it was.
(b) That his wife was using too much of it.
(c) How much he liked it.
(d) That people were jealous of him.

11. Who surrounds Boethius at the start of Book 1?
(a) Muses.
(b) Other prisoners.
(c) Rats.
(d) Prison guard.

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

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 have a good domestic life.
(b) He might be ugly.
(c) He might not be rich.
(d) He might not know God.

14. What did philosophy compel Boethius to always do?
(a) Spend time thinking.
(b) Stand up for the truth.
(c) Run from a fight.
(d) Talk too much.

15. What is stitched on the woman's clothes?
(a) A cross and letter Theta.
(b) A star and letter Alpha.
(c) A list of Rome's gods.
(d) The letters Pi and Theta.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the real cause of Boethius being miserable according to Philosophy?

2. What was Boethius aware of concerning Fortune?

3. What does Philosophy tell Boethius about his situation?

4. What does Philosophy tell Boethius after giving her example of happiness?

5. What type of man is unmoved by what happens to him, good or bad?

(see the answer keys)

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