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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which philosopher believes the idea of "cheerful poverty" is absurd?
(a) Plato.
(b) Seneca.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Epicurius.

2. Who advises that one ought to imagine being watched by some great, virtuous figure at all times in order to check one's own behavior?
(a) Seneca.
(b) Aristotle.
(c) Epicurius.
(d) Plato.

3. Who is chastised in Letter III for not discussing his personal matters?
(a) Plato.
(b) Seneca.
(c) Vatia.
(d) Lucilius.

4. According to Letter XLI, where is the soul from?
(a) Heaven.
(b) Dark desires.
(c) Earth.
(d) Deep inside.

5. What does Seneca say in Letter XVI is of no interest to the wise man?
(a) Having a political seat of power.
(b) Investing in gold.
(c) Playing a role in public service.
(d) Having more than the basic needs.

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

7. How does noise affect Seneca's ability to study?
(a) He is very distracted by noise from crowds.
(b) He is very distracted by the smallest noise.
(c) He has a hearing disability and is slightly distracted by a constant, steady hum.
(d) It does not affect it at all.

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

9. Who spends hours quibbling over meaningless logical puzzles, according to Seneca?
(a) Seneca.
(b) Many so-called philosophers.
(c) Seneca and Lucilius together.
(d) Lucilius.

10. What is an oxymoron?
(a) A theory related to oxygen.
(b) Someone who does not understand Oxystoicism.
(c) A combination of contradictory words or phrases.
(d) Someone who does not practice virtue at all.

11. According to Seneca, what is man's only pride?
(a) His face.
(b) His mind.
(c) His body.
(d) His soul.

12. What is an example of unrehearsed communication?
(a) Music.
(b) A speech.
(c) Letter writing.
(d) Public oratory.

13. What has earned Seneca fame and respect among the citizens of Rome?
(a) His inherited wealth.
(b) The sexually explicit plays he wrote.
(c) His role as emperor.
(d) Years of public service.

14. What type of studies does Letter XII use as an example?
(a) Inner studies of oneself.
(b) Drama studies.
(c) Religious studies.
(d) Singing studies.

15. According to Letter XL, what clue do people give as to whether they are organized or disorganized?
(a) How their house or apartment looks.
(b) A glance at one's kitchen.
(c) How fast or slow they talk.
(d) Their hairstyle and grooming.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose estate does Seneca ride past in Letter LV?

2. Who does Seneca praise in Letter XI?

3. What virtue does Seneca say does not perish or disappoint?

4. What ailment, according to Letter LIV, has become very serious for Seneca?

5. How does Seneca say slaves should be corrected?

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