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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Boethius say Philosophy's arguments do not soothe his pain?
(a) They are only words.
(b) They arrive too late to help him.
(c) They do not solve his problem of being in prison.
(d) His pain is too great.

2. What does Philosophy think Boethius feels about fortune?
(a) That fortune is a good companion.
(b) That fortune did the right thing.
(c) That philosophy is a good friend.
(d) That fortune changed her attitude toward him

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

4. What does Philosophy find normal concerning the sudden turn of event in Boethius' life?
(a) That Boethius is upset.
(b) That Boethius is crying.
(c) That Boethius is sad.
(d) That Boethius is happy.

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

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

7. 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 Boethius needs to feel better.
(d) Everything she has to say.

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

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

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

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

12. Why does Philosophy say that material possessions are relatively insignificant?
(a) Because the body perishes.
(b) Because they can be taken away by enemies.
(c) Because of taxation.
(d) Because only God can give happiness.

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

14. Who were the two men the woman compares Boethius to persecuted by?
(a) Women.
(b) The Roman senate.
(c) Gods and muses.
(d) Simple minded men.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Boethius feeling after the woman's speech about the ups and downs of Fortune?

2. What does Boethius do after hearing Philosophy's arguments on fortune?

3. What does Philosophy reply when Boethius tells her that his pain is real and tangible?

4. What gift did God give to men according to Boethius?

5. What was Boethius usually studying?

(see the answer keys)

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