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. Folly claims that all emotions belong to whom?

2. Who speaks at the beginning of The Praise of Folly?

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

4. Who is the father of Folly?

5. Folly is the true bestower of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Folly's birthplace.

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

8. How does Folly describe her parentage?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the concept of friendship in The Praise of Folly. How would you describe Erasmus and More's friendship? What does Folly say about friendship? Do you think Erasmus believed folly necessary for his own friendships?

Essay Topic 2

Erasmus relies heavily on personification in The Praise of Folly. Give one example of personification besides that of Folly. How does Erasmus use personification to his benefit? Is his use effective?

Essay Topic 3

While using the narration of Folly, Erasmus subtly voices his own opinions. What is the relationship between narrator and author? When is Erasmus being ironic, and when is he being truthful? Cite at least one example for each.

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