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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. Which of the following does Erasmus name as a famous author who wrote frivolity?
(a) Chaucer.
(b) Defoe.
(c) Virgil.
(d) Augustine.

2. Erasmus remembers that someone wrote the last will and testament of the piglet Grunnius Corocotta, as mentioned by whom?
(a) Ovid.
(b) Homer.
(c) St. Jerome.
(d) The Apostle Paul.

3. Erasmus says he wants to survey the ridiculous rather than the what?
(a) Intelligent.
(b) Juvenile.
(c) Innocent.
(d) Squalid.

4. According to Folly, to whom does life owe its beginning?
(a) Folly.
(b) Jupiter.
(c) Pallas.
(d) God.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was Folly born?

2. What is unknown in the place of Folly's birth?

3. Erasmus states that jokes can be handled in such a way that a reader finds more reward in them than in a what?

4. According to the Prefatory Letter, Erasmus wrote The Praise of Folly on what?

5. What does Folly accuse of causing the bloom of youthful beauty to fade?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Erasmus dedicate his book to Thomas More?

2. What does Folly say is the happiest age of man, and why?

3. Are women more or less foolish than men, according to Folly?

4. Why is Folly dressed in unaccustomed garb?

5. How does Folly claim to be responsible for art?

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

7. Did Erasmus consider The Praise of Folly too frivolous for a theologian?

8. Does Folly speak highly of prudence?

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

10. How does Folly describe her reputation?

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