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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 ability would Boethius like the evil to lose?
(a) To help the weak.
(b) To see the future.
(c) To influence politicians.
(d) To persecute the good.

2. What cannot be seen by the finite intellect of man?
(a) The laws of physics.
(b) The root of human civilization.
(c) The far reaching consequences of an event.
(d) The universe.

3. What does Philosophy says doesn't mean that God has taken sides with the wicked?
(a) He does not always help the good.
(b) He gave the wicked the will to always get more.
(c) He gave the wicked all the wealth.
(d) He gave the wicked power to persecute the good.

4. What is Philosophy comparing God to?
(a) A merchant.
(b) A craftsman.
(c) Zeus.
(d) A good Samaritan.

5. What did God order the universe to seek when he created it?
(a) Peace.
(b) Wealth.
(c) Balance
(d) Good.

Short Answer Questions

1. What cannot be obtained if sought individually according to Philosophy?

2. What is Boethius' state of mind at the start of Book 4?

3. What does Philosophy say of the wicked?

4. What does Philosophy say of honor?

5. What is Boethius' state of mind after Philosophy finishes her argument about evil men?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the woman liken God to and what is the significance of this analogy?

2. What has nature ordained, according to Book III and what does this say about man's goal?

3. Why does the woman correct Boethius' statement about wishing that the evil would lose the ability to persecute the good?

4. How does God use providence?

5. What is the error that men run into?

6. How are actions their own rewards, as stated in Book IV?

7. In light of Christian doctrine, what is the significance of the statement that "there are, some of them extremely harsh, and some, I think, with a purifying mercy"(124)?

8. What is implied about the choices of men and the problem of evil?

9. What does the woman remind Boethius of in regards to God's governance?

10. What metaphysical principle does the woman address and why is this significant?

(see the answer keys)

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