The Consolation of Philosophy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is stitched on the woman's clothes?

2. What does Philosophy reply when Boethius tells her that his pain is real and tangible?

3. Why does Philosophy justify her saying that Boethius didn't lose anything?

4. Why is the woman not able to help Boethius shortly after their meeting?

5. What type of clothing is the woman wearing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. At the start of Book 1 of "The Consolation of Philosophy", where is Boethius and what is he doing?

3. According to Lady Philosophy, what was on loan to him and subject to being revoked?

4. Who does the woman liken Boethius to and why?

5. What does the woman say about Fortune not being malicious at the end of Book II?

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

7. Why does Boethius praise God?

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

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

10. What is the significance of the woman's discussion with Boethius on blessings when Boethius complains about the tangibility of his pain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how Lady Philosophy defines chance in "The Consolation of Philosophy" and analyze why Lady Philosophy rejects chance as defined as a random or arbitrary force. Discuss the other definitions of chance discussed and use the text to support your statements.

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