The Praise of Folly Test | Final 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. As Folly prepares to call on the Holy Scriptures for support, what does she wish to wear?

2. What do all artists have, according to Folly?

3. In Folly's opinion, no one would be induced to take on the duties of a king without what?

4. Folly says that to be foolish is not to be miserable, but to be what?

5. According to Folly, members of the church hierarchy leave everything to devote themselves to what?

Short Essay Questions

1. After comparing herself to Bacchus, in what ways does Folly consider herself superior to the other gods?

2. What examples does Folly give of the benevolent form of insanity?

3. While interpreting Paul's words, "I speak as a fool, I am more," Folly digresses to speak about what?

4. According to Folly, how did Christ show folly?

5. Before using the Scriptures, which authorities does Folly cite as supporting her?

6. How does Folly relate to sin in the cases of Aaron, Saul, David, and Paul?

7. According to Folly, which kind of authors are happy?

8. Where in the courts of kings does Folly say that she is evident?

9. How does Folly argue that flattery is not incompatible with sincerity?

10. According to Folly, which legendary age produced the happiest people, and why?

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 characteristic folly. Who displays folly, according to the narrator, Folly? In your opinion, is folly admirable?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss references to marriage in the Praise of Folly. Were Folly's parents married? What is Folly's role in marriage? Does Erasmus have a favorable view of marriage?

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