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. Whom did Erasmus make the narrator of his book?

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. Folly is in poor repute even amongst whom?

5. What does Erasmus request the recipient of his book to be?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Folly describe her reputation?

9. Why does Folly claim to be a god?

10. What benefits does Folly dispense to men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Folly both disparages wisdom and claims that she guides men to wisdom. Discuss Folly's concept of wisdom and relationship to it. What is Erasmus saying through Folly?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Erasmus does not explicitly name specific people from his day as followers of Folly, but he does name professions. Choose two occupations and show how its members are followers of Folly. How does Folly criticize them with her praise?

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