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. According to Philosophy, what does true happiness involve?

2. What does Philosophy argue would be the reason why a person would see randomness when it is not random?

3. What does God use to influence men and execute his plan for the universe?

4. What does God use to direct things close to him?

5. What does nature ordain everything to do according to Philosophy?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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)?

2. Why should the five goods not be entirely dismissed?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does fame come from, according to Book III of "The Consolation of Philosophy"?

9. How does God use providence?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The Consolation of Philosophy" includes some of the poetry Boethius composed while imprisoned. In an essay, discuss the poetry and how the poems within the prose either diminish or illustrate the textual meaning. Use examples from the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

Boethius defines a person as an individual substance with an inherent rational nature. Discuss the impact that his definition had on philosophy and how this statement is still discussed today. Students should use the text to support their discussion and include secondary sources as needed.

Essay Topic 3

In "The Consolation of Philosophy", Boethius clearly emphasizes how the pursuits of the flesh that are pleasing to the body are worthless and meaningless. Analyze Boethius' discussion of denying pleasures of the flesh and how nothing on earth can provide true happiness, using the text to support your statements.

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