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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Letters XI, XII, XV, XVI, XVIII, XXVI, XXVII, and XXVIII.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Seneca, if one begins taking lessons other than philosophy, what happens?
(a) He becomes a well-rounded man.
(b) He becomes known as a Renaissance Man.
(c) He diversifies his talents.
(d) His life will be governed by that subject rather than philosophy.

2. What specific things might a philosopher lack that could tarnish philosophy's reputation among outsiders?
(a) Wealth, fine clothing and hygiene.
(b) A mansion, slaves, and orgies.
(c) Books, glasses, jewelry.
(d) Wine, big home, health.

3. What does Seneca say cannot be learned only through reading?
(a) Virtue.
(b) Writing.
(c) Mythology.
(d) Astronomy.

4. How does Seneca say a wise man should act toward the festival celebrated in Letter XVII?
(a) Should enjoy all to its fullest.
(b) Should avoid excess, but participate.
(c) Should abstain from drinking, but over eat.
(d) Should avoid it all together, stay away.

5. What has suffered a great deal between Letters XII and XXVII?
(a) Euripides overall health.
(b) Epicurius' mental health.
(c) Lucilius' fortune.
(d) Seneca's physical health.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why, according to Seneca, shouldn't old age frighten a wise man?

2. According to Seneca, what does an inordinate attachment to wealth or public opinion make a man?

3. What holiday is celebrated at the time Letter XVII is written?

4. Who does Seneca praise in Letter XI?

5. Which word is the best meaning of apatheia?

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