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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Zeus have to put aside in order to make a child?
(a) His divinity and anger.
(b) His thunderbolt and grimness.
(c) His cloak and dagger.
(d) His previous wife.

2. Erasmus complains that many people find jokes against popes and princes more offensive than what?
(a) Perjury.
(b) Blasphemy.
(c) Sarcasm.
(d) Murder.

3. Who speaks at the beginning of The Praise of Folly?
(a) Folly.
(b) More.
(c) Praise.
(d) Homer.

4. What does Folly state is necessary for friendship?
(a) Honesty.
(b) Folly.
(c) Reason.
(d) Wisdom.

5. What must one do to be considered a god, according to Folly?
(a) Have divine powers.
(b) Be born of a god.
(c) Help mortals.
(d) Be immortal.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the only one who can gladden the hearts of gods and men, according to Folly?

2. In criticizing the men of his day, whom does Erasmus name?

3. How does Folly describe a wise man without emotions?

4. Whom does Folly consider her sister?

5. Whom does Folly praise?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Folly say that Jupiter bestows passion and reason to man?

2. What does Folly say was her effect upon her audience?

3. How does Folly explain that Self-love is related to her?

4. Why did Erasmus consider it unjust not to allow relaxations to those in the academic world?

5. In his Prefatory Letter, why did Erasmus marvel at the sensitivity of present-day ears?

6. Where was Erasmus when he was writing The Praise of Folly?

7. According to Folly, do philosophers make good kings?

8. How does Folly describe her reputation?

9. What benefits does Folly dispense to men?

10. Does Folly have a good opinion of the children of wise men?

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