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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Folly say everyone finds delightful about adolescence?
(a) Life.
(b) Wisdom.
(c) Folly.
(d) Energy.

2. Erasmus says there is merit in being attacked by whom?
(a) Erasmus.
(b) Folly.
(c) Ignorance.
(d) The king.

3. Whom does Folly praise?
(a) The king.
(b) Erasmus.
(c) Rhetoricians.
(d) Herself.

4. Whom does Folly consider her sister?
(a) Self-love.
(b) Ignorance.
(c) Friendship.
(d) Pleasure.

5. Erasmus states that anyone who believes himself injured by Praise of Folly betrays what?
(a) Pettiness.
(b) A moral awareness.
(c) Sensitivity.
(d) A guilty conscience.

6. Which wise man was driven to drink hemlock because of wisdom?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Plato.
(c) Augustine.
(d) Aristotle.

7. Who are the two gods in Folly's household?
(a) Zeus and Mars.
(b) Revelry and Sound Sleep.
(c) Mirth and Longevity.
(d) Zeus and Theseus.

8. Who segregated passions from the wise man?
(a) The Stoics.
(b) The Epicureans.
(c) Socrates.
(d) The Sophists.

9. What does Folly accuse of causing the bloom of youthful beauty to fade?
(a) Mature sense.
(b) Moral maturity.
(c) Old age.
(d) Folly.

10. Whom does Folly consider more foolish than men?
(a) Nymphs.
(b) Women.
(c) Gods.
(d) Animals.

11. Erasmus believes he is not writing sarcasm, but what instead?
(a) Warning and advice.
(b) Innocent jokes.
(c) Criticism and dissent.
(d) Allegorical interpretation.

12. According to the Prefatory Letter, Erasmus wrote The Praise of Folly on what?
(a) A carriage.
(b) Horseback.
(c) A boat.
(d) A stagecoach.

13. Who is the father of Folly?
(a) Achilles.
(b) Plutus.
(c) Poseidon.
(d) Zeus.

14. In criticizing the men of his day, whom does Erasmus name?
(a) The pope.
(b) Thomas More.
(c) No one.
(d) Several political leaders.

15. What does Folly say that babies have that rewards those who look after them?
(a) The charm of folly.
(b) The beauty of Helen.
(c) Innocence.
(d) The wisdom of folly.

Short Answer Questions

1. How was Folly born?

2. What first put the idea of The Praise of Folly into Erasmus's head?

3. What must one do to be considered a god, according to Folly?

4. What does Folly state is necessary for a woman to agree to wedlock?

5. Folly considers emotions to be what in relation to wisdom?

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