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, what is the seed and source of all deeds which win praise?

2. 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?

3. Orators prepare long speeches to do what Folly does with her what?

4. Whom does Folly consider more foolish than men?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In his Prefatory Letter, did Erasmus admit he wrote Praise of Folly with sarcasm?

2. What benefits does Folly dispense to men?

3. Does Folly speak highly of prudence?

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

5. Why does Folly consider her presence to be essential to friendship?

6. How long did Folly say she spent writing her speech?

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

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

9. Does Folly agree with those who say that it is conceited to praise one's self?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Folly contrasts natural instinct with learning. Describe this comparison. How does Folly describe each? Which side does Folly praise? Is this Erasmus's opinion?

Essay Topic 2

The statement is made that only fools are allowed to speak the truth without giving offense. Is this why Erasmus used Folly? Do you think he offended people? Does Folly speak the truth? What is one example of when she does and one example of when she does not?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Folly claim divinity? How does she compare herself to the other gods? How is she worshiped?

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