The Consolation of Philosophy Test | Final 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 does Philosophy say of the definition of true happiness?

2. How does Boethius qualify the fact that good men's worldly possessions can be taken away and evil men's possessions can increase?

3. What does Philosophy argue would happen to an evil person punished for his crime?

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

5. What cannot be seen by the finite intellect of man?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the error that men run into?

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

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

5. 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)?

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

7. Why is Boethius still troubled at the beginning of Book IV and what does Lady Philosophy say?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Book II, Boethius discusses how goods of the world are not actually goods. Discuss how these interfere with achieving the highest good. Analyze why these are temporal and not able to satisfy the soul. Use the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

One of the metaphysical principles discussed in "The Consolation of Philosophy" is the notion that the perfect causes the imperfect so that something must first possess what it causes. Discuss whether or not this is true and argue your case with a specific example, using textual references to support your stance.

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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