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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Philosophy tell Boethius after giving her example of happiness?
(a) He should focus on his family.
(b) He should work on his book.
(c) He should focus on revenge.
(d) He should focus on the good in his life.

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

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

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

5. What does Fortune love to do to men comfortable with their possessions?
(a) Make them loan more money.
(b) Give them more money.
(c) Upset them.
(d) Reward their perseverance.

6. What is the highest possible good according to Philosophy?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Political power.
(c) Gold.
(d) Friendship.

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

8. What is Boethius' answer after the woman asks what ails him?
(a) That his sons won't visit him.
(b) That he can't escape.
(c) That what ails him is obvious.
(d) That his wife left him.

9. 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.

10. What does Philosophy tell Boethius not do while she exposes her arguments in Book II?
(a) Run away.
(b) Be happy.
(c) Pay attention.
(d) Be destitute.

11. What does Fortune take pleasure in according to Philosophy?
(a) Its resourcefulness.
(b) Its own predictability.
(c) Its unreliability.
(d) Its greed.

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

13. 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.

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

15. What doesn't God rule over according to Boethius' song?
(a) The birds.
(b) The affairs of men.
(c) The sea.
(d) The woman.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Philosophy say could be wrong with a man of good reputation in her example about not being able to be truly happy?

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

3. What is Boethius' first thought on why the woman came in his cell?

4. According to Philosophy, what are the remarks Philosophy makes about Fortune at the beginning of the Book II?

5. What became rusty according to the test administered by the woman to Boethius?

(see the answer keys)

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