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. What does Folly state is necessary for friendship?

2. Erasmus believes he is not writing sarcasm, but what instead?

3. Folly states that not wanting more than your share of wisdom is a true sign of what?

4. Because Folly dispenses every benefit to all alike, what does she think she should be named?

5. What first put the idea of The Praise of Folly into Erasmus's head?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Folly do for the elderly?

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

5. How does Folly describe her reputation?

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

7. Does Folly speak highly of prudence?

8. How does Folly describe her parentage?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"There is merit in being attacked by Folly." Is the converse also true? Show three examples from the book in which Erasmus intended to attack with his praise.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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