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 bodily pleasures?

2. What does Philosophy say about men trying to find happiness?

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

4. What is Philosophy comparing God to?

5. According to Philosophy, what does true happiness involve?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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)?

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

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

5. How does God use providence?

6. Why do God's methods defy human reason?

7. What does Book III claim about the insufficiency of achieving a high office?

8. According to Book IV, how does happiness relate to being powerful or powerless?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In "The Consolation of Philosophy", discuss Boethius' use of satire and how it benefits the piece of literature. Use the book to support your statements and analyze satire, particularly in the apocalyptic dialogue.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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