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. About whom is Folly speaking in the following: "They pay high tribute to folly in believing that what can't be refuted by argument can often be parried by laughter."

2. Who, according to Folly, interpret the Holy Scripture to fit their own purposes?

3. How does Folly describe the schools where schoolmasters teach?

4. As Folly prepares to call on the Holy Scriptures for support, what does she wish to wear?

5. Making himself agreeable by flattery is a skill becoming to whom, according to Folly?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Folly differentiate between the two types of insanity?

2. How does Folly compare theologians to the apostles?

3. How does Folly respond to the argument that foolishness is an unhappy state?

4. Does Folly state that monks are foolish?

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

6. According to Folly, who was happier: Gryllus or Odysseus? Why?

7. How does Folly say that schoolmasters are indebted to her?

8. Why does Folly say that kings like to be around fools?

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

Folly spends some time on her "praise" of the follies of the Roman Catholic Church. List two members of the church and explain why they are foolish.

Essay Topic 2

Does Erasmus display Self-love? Consider the passages in which Folly speaks about Erasmus's interests and occupations. Support your answer from the text.

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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