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

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

3. Who is seduced by the ups and downs of Fortune according to the woman?
(a) Women only.
(b) Normal men.
(c) Old people.
(d) The foolish.

4. How many sons does Boethius have?
(a) 4 sons.
(b) 2 sons.
(c) 3 sons.
(d) 5 sons.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Philosophy tell Boethius about his situation?

2. What did philosophy compel Boethius to always do?

3. What does Philosophy tell Boethius concerning what he thinks about Fortune?

4. Who does the woman compare Boethius to?

5. What does Philosophy tell Boethius not do while she exposes her arguments in Book II?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the woman praise Boethius' former way of life in comparison to his present situation?

2. What does the woman tell Boethius regarding his suffering?

3. What is significant about conscience in Book 1?

4. According to Lady Philosophy, what was on loan to him and subject to being revoked?

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

6. Based on the woman's argument, why are material goods inherently valueless?

7. What diagnosis does the Lady Philosophy make and what does she point out at the beginning of Book II?

8. Why does Boethius praise God?

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

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

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