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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. What does Philosophy find normal concerning the sudden turn of event in Boethius' life?

2. Who surrounds Boethius at the start of Book 1?

3. What does Lady Philosophy qualify herself as a doctor of?

4. What does Philosophy say could be wrong with a man of good reputation in her example about not being able to be truly happy?

5. What does Philosophy say of Fortune?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about conscience in Book 1?

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

3. What is the discussion in regards to fame and high office and why is this important?

4. Why does Boethius praise God?

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

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

7. What is significant about the clothing worn by the woman who enters Boethius' cell?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Boethius wrote "The Consolation of Philosophy" while imprisoned and awaiting execution. Discuss the nature of the crimes for which Boethius was imprisoned and how the circumstances surrounding his imprisonment may have contributed to his state of mind when composing the book. Students should take the title into consideration and use examples from the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

Boethius was influenced by Stoicism. Discuss the influence that Stoicism had on Boethius and his writing of "The Consolation of Philosophy". Students may use secondary sources as well as a primary text to develop their conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

Although providence can prove difficult to understand, it can be explained as the reason of God and the order of the universe. Discuss what Boethius believes about God's plan for the world and how it relates to fate. Students should use examples from the text to support their discussion.

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