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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which city does Seneca say is so filled with wicked people that it could be a threat to even a wise man's soul?
(a) Athens.
(b) Parma.
(c) Rome.
(d) Croton.

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

4. What kinds of noises are more distracting, according to Senenca?
(a) Musical noises.
(b) Intermittent noises.
(c) Noises of crickets.
(d) Continuous noises.

5. According to Seneca as he comforts Lucilius, what is the death of a friend a reminder to do?
(a) To take better care of yourself.
(b) To send notes to the grieving family.
(c) To appreciate your friends in life.
(d) Not to get close to people because they will only die.

6. 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) Their hairstyle and grooming.
(c) A glance at one's kitchen.
(d) How fast or slow they talk.

7. What are Seneca's comments about the book he mentions in Letter XLVI?
(a) He likes the gift, but not its contents.
(b) He wholeheartedly agrees with the entire contents of the book.
(c) None - he wants to read it again.
(d) He disagrees with the entire contents of the book.

8. What kind of people does Seneca warn Lucilius to steer clear of in Letter XLVIII?
(a) Wealthy rulers.
(b) Slaves.
(c) Drunken people.
(d) Quibblers.

9. Seneca says that a philosopher must distinguish himself from others with virtue, but what must the philosopher obey when doing so?
(a) The emperor and no one else.
(b) Society's conventions.
(c) No one.
(d) Seneca's laws.

10. Who is praised for his virtue and dedication to studies in Letter II?
(a) Seneca.
(b) Zeno.
(c) Lucilius.
(d) Plato.

11. What virtue does Seneca say does not perish or disappoint?
(a) Wisdom.
(b) Fortune.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Kindness.

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

13. Which of Lucilius' friends dies?
(a) Flaccus.
(b) Tibius.
(c) Euripides.
(d) Claudius.

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

15. What is there little value in if one cannot share it with friends, according to Seneca?
(a) Money.
(b) Ceremonies.
(c) Gladiator battles.
(d) Learning.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who says that excessive anger is a threat to one's sanity?

2. What, according to Seneca, generally presents more opportunity to be tempted away from virtuous living?

3. According to Seneca, what must one seek between extremes in all matters?

4. What does Seneca recommend avoiding in Letter VII?

5. How does Seneca say all people -- young and old alike -- should live each day?

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