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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 does God allow according to Boethius?
(a) The wicked to suffer.
(b) Boethius' family to keep his wealth.
(c) Boethius' enemies to thrive.
(d) The good to suffer.

2. What is the imperfect the product of, according to Metaphysics?
(a) Progress.
(b) Men.
(c) Ignorant.
(d) The perfect.

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

4. What topic does Philosophy say is enormous?
(a) Providence.
(b) Hatred.
(c) God.
(d) Luck.

5. What is Boethius' state of mind after Philosophy finishes her argument about evil men?
(a) Troubled.
(b) Understanding.
(c) Happy.
(d) Sad.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why would God give power to a good man according to Philosophy?

2. What does Philosophy say of the definition of true happiness?

3. What does Philosophy say human beings seek?

4. What does everyone agree is just?

5. Who wouldn't care about a politician title away from Rome?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why should the five goods not be entirely dismissed?

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

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

4. What does the woman remark about randomness and order?

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

6. 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)?

7. What is the essence of true happiness as introduced at the beginning of Book III?

8. How does God use providence?

9. What is the conclusion about the happiness and man's participation in happiness?

10. How does "The Consolation of Philosophy" define fate?

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