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 argue bodily pleasure being identical to happiness would mean for animals?

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

3. What does Philosophy say would be exposed if a politician was to leave the city.

4. What does Philosophy say of honor?

5. What is Boethius' state of mind after Philosophy finishes her argument about evil men?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do the five goods eventually disappoint their possessors?

3. What is the error that men run into?

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

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

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

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

8. What is implied about the choices of men and the problem of evil?

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

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

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Boethius uses personification in this book. Students should write an essay that defines personification and analyzes Boethius' use of personification. Discuss why he uses a woman as a personification of philosophy and how this is significant.

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