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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which two nymphs nursed Folly?
(a) Flattery and Innocence.
(b) Drunkennes and Debauchery.
(c) Melancholy and Wistfulness.
(d) Drunkenness and Ignorance.

2. What happens when Folly begins addressing the crowd?
(a) They become mad.
(b) They become cheerful.
(c) They fall asleep.
(d) They start jeering.

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

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

5. What does Erasmus request the recipient of his book to be?
(a) An editor of his book.
(b) A stout champion to Folly.
(c) A persecutor of Folly.
(d) A dedicated follower of Folly.

6. In Folly's opinion, what develops prudence?
(a) Flattery.
(b) Experience.
(c) Hope.
(d) Wisdom.

7. What does Folly say would be rampant without her?
(a) Learning.
(b) Babies.
(c) Divorce.
(d) Friendship.

8. According to Folly, what kind of man is unlucky in regards to children?
(a) Indulgent.
(b) Wise.
(c) Impulsive.
(d) Foolish.

9. Erasmus anticipates that critics will clamor that he is reviving what?
(a) Old Comedy or Lucian.
(b) Morality Plays.
(c) Old Comedy or Homer.
(d) Old Comedy and Tragedy.

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

11. Because Folly dispenses every benefit to all alike, what does she think she should be named?
(a) "Fountain of Blessings"
(b) "Alpha" of all gods.
(c) "Benefactor" of all men.
(d) "Goddess Divine."

12. Which nymph among Folly's aids claps her hands, with laughter in her eyes?
(a) Flattery.
(b) Mirth.
(c) Drunkenness.
(d) Delight.

13. Who does Folly say makes men satisfied with themselves?
(a) Contentment.
(b) Deception.
(c) Self-love.
(d) Madness.

14. How does Folly describe a wise man without emotions?
(a) A doormat.
(b) A puppet.
(c) An animal.
(d) A monster.

15. According to Erasmus, nothing is more entertaining than treating what in such a way as to make it clear you are doing anything but trifling with them?
(a) Readers.
(b) Political leaders.
(c) Trivialities.
(d) Serious subjects.

Short Answer Questions

1. Folly states that men create art because of a thirst for what?

2. Erasmus marvels that present-day ears can bear to hear only what?

3. Whom did the ancient sophists praise?

4. What is the least deceptive mirror of the mind?

5. Erasmus complains that many people find jokes against popes and princes more offensive than what?

(see the answer keys)

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