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 there have been many examples of?

2. What did the politician in the example given by Philosophy lose?

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

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

5. Why would God give power to a good man according to Philosophy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What metaphysical principle does the woman address and why is this significant?

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

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

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

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

9. How does God use providence?

10. What is the conclusion about the happiness and man's participation in happiness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Consolation of Philosophy", Boethius addresses the question of eternity. In an essay, discuss what Boethius means when he says that God is eternal. Use 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 Book V, Boethius addresses free will. Based on "The Consolation of Philosophy", address how God can be all knowing yet allow free will. Students should use the text to support their conclusions.

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