The Praise of Folly Test | Mid-Book 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. According to Folly, who would be disagreeable and disliked if not graced by her divine powers?

2. Which poet wrote, "For ignorance provides the happiest life"?

3. Erasmus follows the well-known popular proverb that states that a man should do what?

4. How was Folly born?

5. Erasmus says there is merit in being attacked by whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Folly describe her reputation?

2. What does Folly think of people who hire someone else to praise themselves?

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

4. Did Erasmus anticipate criticism for his book? Why or why not?

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

6. What does Folly do for the elderly?

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

8. How does Folly describe her parentage?

9. Why did Erasmus ask More to be a champion of Folly?

10. What does Folly say about emotions in relation to wisdom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both Erasmus in his Prefatory Letter and Folly in her speech appeal to precedents. Compare the two passages. What is the purpose of each? Whom does Erasmus reference? Whom does "Folly" reference?

Essay Topic 2

Define the character Folly. Describe her attributes and benefits. What are three things she gives to mankind?

Essay Topic 3

Folly's main argument is that she brings happiness to men. Explain and give three examples of men who are made happier by Folly. Would you agree?

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