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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How should an owner be seen by his slaves, according to Seneca?
(a) Loved.
(b) Hated.
(c) Feared.
(d) With no emotion.

8. What is the specific distraction Seneca discusses in Letter XL?
(a) Company with the opposite sex.
(b) Talking too fast or too slow.
(c) Long hair.
(d) Alcohol and food.

9. According to Seneca, who doesn't care if he is rich or poor?
(a) A philosopher.
(b) A Christian priest.
(c) A public official.
(d) A pagan priest.

10. In a large group of people, how might their vices seem, according to Seneca?
(a) Deadly.
(b) Attractive.
(c) Unappealing.
(d) Comical.

11. What is it that Seneca says no human being merits?
(a) Love.
(b) Mental torture.
(c) A beating.
(d) Correction.

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

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

14. Who, according to Seneca, is deliberate and prepared?
(a) A general.
(b) A public servant.
(c) A priest.
(d) A wise man.

15. How does Seneca say slaves should be corrected?
(a) By taking something away, like food.
(b) Verbally.
(c) Mental torture.
(d) With physical punishment.

Short Answer Questions

1. While looking for witty entertainment, what does Seneca stumble upon?

2. How did Seneca's ancestors treat their slaves?

3. How does noise affect Seneca's ability to study?

4. Why do people become slaves, according to Seneca?

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

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