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. Those who take pride in their ancestry lead happy lives, thanks to whom?

2. Folly says that popes would lose all advantages if they showed what?

3. Euripides says that the wise man has two what?

4. Who, according to Folly, believes they support the church by their syllogisms, and without them it would fall?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the worship of the goddess Folly.

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

4. How does Folly explain that humans amuse the gods?

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

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

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

8. Does Folly state that monks are foolish?

9. What does Ecclesiastes say about folly?

10. How does Folly compare theologians to the apostles?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In his Prefatory Letter, Erasmus anticipates the criticism that his book is too frivolous for a theologian. How does he respond to the charge? Having read the book, how would you respond? Include specific citations from the book in your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Folly contrasts natural instinct with learning. Describe this comparison. How does Folly describe each? Which side does Folly praise? Is this Erasmus's opinion?

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