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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Letter XII, what does Seneca notice about one of his properties?
(a) It has burned down.
(b) It is delapidated.
(c) The tenants changed it without permission.
(d) It is not rented.

2. How does one perfect his own soul, according to Seneca?
(a) By getting plenty of sleep.
(b) By living according to his rational nature.
(c) By having faith in no more than three gods.
(d) By writing letters daily.

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

4. What kind of ailments does Seneca say become more obvious as they worsen?
(a) Physical.
(b) Mental.
(c) Spiritual.
(d) Breathing-related ones.

5. According to Seneca in Letter XXXIII, what does Stoic writing generally lack?
(a) Grammatical errors.
(b) Use of Latin.
(c) Punctuation.
(d) Quotable quotes.

6. In Letter XII, what does Seneca's property remind him?
(a) That he is aging.
(b) That he needs to find new tenants.
(c) To rebuild closer to water.
(d) To be clearer in his next lease.

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

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

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

10. What does Seneca encourage in Letter VI?
(a) Living in Rome.
(b) Suicide among the elderly.
(c) Contributions to poor slaves.
(d) Lucilius come to live with him.

11. According to Seneca, what creates anxiety?
(a) Demanding family members.
(b) Having to worry about finances.
(c) Having to find a stable job.
(d) Striving to fulfill one's ever-expanding desires.

12. What does Seneca say about the Stoic troubled by no external concerns?
(a) The soul.
(b) The mind.
(c) The heart.
(d) The body.

13. According to Letter XLI, what lives in each man's soul?
(a) Desire.
(b) Divine power.
(c) Dark thoughts.
(d) Evil.

14. How long does it take Seneca to read the book he mentions in Letter XLVI?
(a) One sitting.
(b) One week.
(c) One month.
(d) One year.

15. According to Seneca, who will spend his time either alone or in the company of those he knows are capable of improving him?
(a) Someone who is disgusted by blood and gore.
(b) A truly virtue-minded person.
(c) A man with asthma or illness.
(d) A religious person.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Letter XLI, where is the soul from?

2. Who, according to Seneca, retired out of fear of being persecuted by the Emperor?

3. What is the characteristic of Lucilius' friend that Seneca does not hold against him?

4. Which philosopher does Seneca quote in Letter II despite the fact that he does not particularly like him?

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

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