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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Boethius' first thought on why the woman came in his cell?
(a) To hear his story.
(b) To share his misery.
(c) To kill him.
(d) To free him.

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

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

4. What does the woman say about Boethius' fall from his former heights?
(a) The responsible will be punished.
(b) There is no permanent loss.
(c) It is permanent.
(d) That he will need to learn from it.

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

6. What does Lady Philosophy qualify herself as a doctor of?
(a) Emotions.
(b) Poetry.
(c) The Soul.
(d) Medicine.

7. What is the real cause of Boethius being miserable according to Philosophy?
(a) Himself.
(b) His enemies.
(c) Boethius' false beliefs.
(d) Fortune robbing him of his happiness.

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

9. 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 not be rich.
(c) He might be ugly.
(d) He might not know God.

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

11. What does Boethius sing about in his cell?
(a) God.
(b) The woman.
(c) Himself.
(d) The senate.

12. Why does Philosophy praise Boethius' sons?
(a) They are staying away from politics.
(b) They are senators.
(c) They have his high morals.
(d) They don't squander money.

13. 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 be despised by the masses.
(b) He might be crippled.
(c) He might not have a wife.
(d) He might not have any political power.

14. Why does Philosophy justify her saying that Boethius didn't lose anything?
(a) She says he never really owned anything.
(b) His wife and children will continue to enjoy his riches.
(c) All his belongings are safely hidden.
(d) He made a deal with fortune to get it all back.

15. Who is the woman in the cell with Boethius?
(a) Vengeance.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Fortune.
(d) Science.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the woman disagree with Boethius about in Book 1?

2. How many sons does Boethius have?

3. Who does Philosophy say Boethius cherishes?

4. Why does the woman tell Boethius that he is responsible for his situation?

5. What does Philosophy tell Boethius about his situation?

(see the answer keys)

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