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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 type of man is unmoved by what happens to him, good or bad?
(a) The idiot.
(b) The philosopher.
(c) The faithful.
(d) Women.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Philosophy think Boethius feels about fortune?

2. What does Philosophy say about Boethius' feelings toward fortune at the start of Book II?

3. What does Philosophy say to Boethius about his feelings toward Fortune?

4. What is Boethius' answer after the woman asks what ails him?

5. Who were the two men the woman compares Boethius to persecuted by?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Boethius praise God?

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

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

7. What is the significance of the title, "The Consolation of Philosophy"?

8. Who does the woman liken Boethius to and why?

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

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

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