Medieval English Literature Week 10

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How is Lady Fortune depicted in the text?
  • 2. 
    What is The Consolation of Philosophy written in?
    • A. 

      Prose

    • B. 

      Poetry

    • C. 

      Verse

    • D. 

      Verse and Prose

    • E. 

      Anagrams

  • 3. 
    Why are you reading this text in this class?
    • A. 

      Because it is medieval

    • B. 

      Because it is ancient

    • C. 

      Because it was hugely influential on medieval English literature

    • D. 

      Because our professor is an idiot

  • 4. 
    Who wrote The Consolation of Philosophy?
    • A. 

      St. Ambrose

    • B. 

      St. Augustine

    • C. 

      Boethius

    • D. 

      Andreas Capellaneus

  • 5. 
    Who imprisoned Boethius and why?
    • A. 

      The Ostrogoths, for being a spy

    • B. 

      The Visigoths, for being a spy

    • C. 

      The Estogoths, for being a traitor

    • D. 

      The Ostrogoths, for being a traitor

  • 6. 
    Whom did Theoderic execute? Select all that apply.
    • A. 

      Boethius

    • B. 

      Boethius' children

    • C. 

      Boethius' wife

    • D. 

      Boethius' friends

    • E. 

      Theoderic's wife

    • F. 

      Roman senators sympathetic to Boethius

  • 7. 
    Besides being a "prosimetrum", what is the structure of The Consolation of Philosophy?
    • A. 

      A consolation in five books, with songs throughout the books

    • B. 

      A consolation in four books, with songs between the books

    • C. 

      A catechismal dialogue between Boethius and Lady Philosophy

    • D. 

      Free verse

  • 8. 
    If Lady Fortune controls our earthy fortunes, who or what controls everything else?
    • A. 

      Nothing; life is random

    • B. 

      God

    • C. 

      Love

    • D. 

      Mercy

  • 9. 
    How is God described in the text?
    • A. 

      As the final cause

    • B. 

      As the efficient cause

    • C. 

      As the "helm and rudder" of the world

    • D. 

      As perfect happiness

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    What important philosophical issue is the main issue of Book V of The Consolation of Philosophy?
    • A. 

      Individual agency within a predetermined world

    • B. 

      The futility of individual choice

    • C. 

      The absence of justice in a world run by Fortune

    • D. 

      The futility of mourning

  • 11. 
    What does "prima causa" mean?
    • A. 

      The first cause

    • B. 

      The best cause

    • C. 

      The worst cause

    • D. 

      The prettiest cause

  • 12. 
    What philosophy replaces Boethian fatalism in the early modern period?
    • A. 

      Science

    • B. 

      Humanism

    • C. 

      Colonialism

    • D. 

      Anti-Fatalism

  • 13. 
    Overall, how would you rate the virtual classes of this week?
    • A. 

      Excellent; I want more virtual classes

    • B. 

      Good; I would be okay with more virtual classes

    • C. 

      Fair; I don't care if I have virtual classes again or not

    • D. 

      Poor; I disliked virtual classes

    • E. 

      Unacceptable; I never want to take virtual classes again

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