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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. While looking for witty entertainment, what does Seneca stumble upon?
(a) A musical production.
(b) A comedian telling jokes.
(c) A gladiator battle.
(d) A poetry reading.

3. What, according to Seneca, generally presents more opportunity to be tempted away from virtuous living?
(a) Theater.
(b) Religion.
(c) Public hangings.
(d) Mass crowds.

4. Who, according to Seneca, retired out of fear of being persecuted by the Emperor?
(a) Nero.
(b) Lucilius.
(c) Himself.
(d) Vatia.

5. According to Seneca, what are people who are easily disturbed by noises lacking?
(a) Ear plugs.
(b) Peace.
(c) Religion.
(d) Common sense.

6. At what time does Seneca say he has already experienced death?
(a) During meditation.
(b) When doing yoga.
(c) Once in a brawl when he was younger.
(d) Before he was born.

7. What does Seneca say about slaves?
(a) Don't get too close to them emotionally.
(b) They are people too.
(c) Use them for the hardest work.
(d) Not to pity them.

8. Which word is the best meaning of apatheia?
(a) Pathetic.
(b) Humble.
(c) Apathetic.
(d) Invulnerable.

9. In what kind of atmosphere does Seneca say in Lesson VLI that he prefers to study?
(a) A quiet one.
(b) A very well-lit one.
(c) A busy one.
(d) A dark one.

10. Who does Seneca thank for sending him a book?
(a) His mother.
(b) Lucilius.
(c) Euripides.
(d) Petronius.

11. What purpose does fasting serve, according to Seneca?
(a) To shed some excess pounds.
(b) To ward off gluttony.
(c) To be able to drink more.
(d) To prove a point to the public.

12. Seneca states that a virtuous man is not concerned with the loss of a friend because:
(a) He never gets emotionally attached.
(b) He didn't have any friends anyway.
(c) He never shares.
(d) He can easily replace the friend.

13. Who finances the celebration that is held at the time Letter XVII is written?
(a) Seneca.
(b) Local businesses.
(c) The state.
(d) A traveling carnival.

14. Who thinks they are the most virtuous people, according to Senenca?
(a) Slave owners.
(b) The most wicked people.
(c) Religious leaders.
(d) Governmental leaders.

15. Whose estate does Seneca ride past in Letter LV?
(a) Antonius.
(b) Lucilius.
(c) Claudius.
(d) Vatia.

Short Answer Questions

1. Seneca says though one may suffer more or less in life, the suffering is surrounded by what on either side?

2. In Letter XII, what does Seneca's property remind him?

3. What does Seneca say many slave-owners foolishly think?

4. Who suggests the correspondence between Seneca and his student should increase?

5. In Letter XVI, what kind of life is said to have no direction?

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