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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the woman share Boethius' cell?

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

3. Who condemned the senate according to Boethius?

4. What does Philosophy say to Boethius about his blessings?

5. What does Philosophy tell Boethius to make her point about fortune?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the woman believe Boethius is responsible for his own suffering?

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

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

5. What does Lady Philosophy disagree with his view on providence at the end of Book 1?

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

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

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

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

10. What diagnosis does the Lady Philosophy make and what does she point out at the beginning of Book II?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Consolation of Philosophy", Boethius addresses the question of eternity. In an essay, discuss what Boethius means when he says that God is eternal. Use the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the analogy of God being like a craftsman in "The Consolation of Philosophy". Define analogy in your essay and discuss what this analogy means, supporting your statements with examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

In Book IV, Boethius address the substance of evil and concludes that evil has no substance. Discuss why evil has no substance and how it does not participate in the supreme good. Give examples and determine whether Boethius was correct in his conclusion.

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