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. Folly believes that medicine and law are an aspect of what?

2. Why are poets not as much in debt to Folly as schoolmasters are?

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

4. Which nation shows its self-love by claiming a monopoly on polite manners?

5. Those born foolish are free from what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What are naturally-born fools and idiots free from, according to Folly?

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

Why does Folly claim divinity? How does she compare herself to the other gods? How is she worshiped?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the concept of friendship in The Praise of Folly. How would you describe Erasmus and More's friendship? What does Folly say about friendship? Do you think Erasmus believed folly necessary for his own friendships?

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