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. Philosophers say that man can compensate for what nature has denied him by what?

2. Which group of learned men does Folly mock for cloaking and bearding themselves to command respect?

3. Whom does Folly quote as an authority who praises her by saying, "The world is full of fools"?

4. Folly argues that she alone can make sin what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the worship of the goddess Folly.

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

4. What does Ecclesiastes say about folly?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 character Folly. Describe her attributes and benefits. What are three things she gives to mankind?

Essay Topic 3

Folly maintains that she bears great similarity to Christianity. Give three of her reasons and discuss whether her praise is genuine or not.

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