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. According to Folly, if a doctor is foolish, what soars higher?

2. Folly states that man's mind is most susceptible to what?

3. What do men gain by hunting, in Folly's opinion?

4. Who can speak the truth without giving offense, according to Folly?

5. In creation, God forbade man to eat of which tree?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Folly compare theologians to the apostles?

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

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

4. How does Folly argue that Fortune favors the foolish?

5. What example does Folly take from the animal kingdom to prove her point that the most foolish are the happiest?

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

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

8. Explain the communal form of Self-love, which Folly claims Nature has implanted.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The statement is made that only fools are allowed to speak the truth without giving offense. Is this why Erasmus used Folly? Do you think he offended people? Does Folly speak the truth? What is one example of when she does and one example of when she does not?

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