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

2. What does the woman think of Boethius' mind?
(a) It has too much to think about.
(b) It has lower aims than philosophy.
(c) It is very limited.
(d) It has higher aims than mere poetry.

3. What are the two main characteristics of Fortune's personality?
(a) Introverted and fearful.
(b) Confident and extroverted.
(c) Indifferent and chaotic.
(d) Playful and revengeful.

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

5. What does the woman disagree with Boethius about in Book 1?
(a) That the affairs of men are beyond Divine Providence.
(b) That God is all powerful.
(c) That the earth is flat.
(d) That he can't escape from prison.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is stitched on the woman's clothes?

2. Who condemned the senate according to Boethius?

3. How does the woman speak to Boethius?

4. What was Boethius usually studying?

5. What doesn't God rule over according to Boethius' song?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who does the woman compare herself to and what is her identity?

5. What does Boethius believe about happiness, according to Book II and how does this relate to Christian thinking?

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

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

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

9. What is significant about the clothing worn by the woman who enters Boethius' cell?

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

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