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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 truly miserable for an evil man to do, according to Philosophy's argument?
(a) To continue his evil ways.
(b) To leave Rome.
(c) Not to use his power.
(d) To be caught.

2. What does Philosophy say about the men only seeking the 5 goods she listed at the start of Book 3?
(a) Men are disappointed by them.
(b) Men cannot be whole without them.
(c) Men usually only choose one.
(d) Men want them all.

3. What does Philosophy say about the goods she lists at the start of Book 3?
(a) They are all given by Fortune.
(b) They are not true happiness.
(c) They are useless for men.
(d) They are legitimate.

4. What does Philosophy do after Boethius tells her what he wished about the evil?
(a) She tells him about his family's sins.
(b) She leaves for a while.
(c) She agrees with him.
(d) She corrects him.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Philosophy ask Boethius' permission to do?

2. Of what does God have a perfect idea of before starting his work, according to Philosophy?

3. Whose plan does Lady Philosophy argue everything always goes according to?

4. What does a poor man need not worry about according to Philosophy?

5. What did God decide from the first moment he created the universe?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Book IV, how does happiness relate to being powerful or powerless?

2. How would the desire of bodily pleasures balance themselves out?

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

4. What are some of the opinions about what the highest good is, according to the woman?

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

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

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

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

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

10. In Book IV, what can be concluded about the wicked being punished?

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