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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How tall is the woman that appears in Boethius' cell?
(a) Small, she could look Boethius in the eyes.
(b) Very small, her head could not reach the table.
(c) Medium size, her arms could touch the ceiling.
(d) Tall, her head could penetrate the heavens.

4. What does Philosophy tell Boethius to be thankful for?
(a) That his mind is not bound by the walls around him.
(b) That his enemy will soon be dead.
(c) That she is here to keep him company.
(d) That Fortune allowed him to keep his wealth that long.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the woman think of Boethius' mind?

2. What does Boethius say of Philosophy's arguments?

3. What does Boethius sing about in his cell?

4. What did philosophy compel Boethius to always do?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the discussion in regards to fame and high office and why is this important?

2. Why is the way that the woman describes Boethius' achievement in comparison to the world significant?

3. What is the significance of the woman's discussion with Boethius on blessings when Boethius complains about the tangibility of his pain?

4. What does the woman say about Fortune not being malicious at the end of Book II?

5. What does Lady Philosophy disagree with his view on providence at the end of Book 1?

6. Why does the woman urge Boethius to break his silence?

7. What does the woman remind Boethius of in regards to the events and his attitude?

8. What is significant about the changing height of the woman who enters Boethius' cell?

9. Why does Boethius disagree with the woman regarding misery and what is her rebuttal?

10. At the start of Book 1 of "The Consolation of Philosophy", where is Boethius and what is he doing?

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