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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Seneca says though one may suffer more or less in life, the suffering is surrounded by what on either side?
(a) Deep tranquility.
(b) Somewhat peaceful rest.
(c) Nothingness.
(d) Unknown pain.

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

3. 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) Epicurius.
(b) Plato.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Seneca.

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

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

6. What is the topic of Letter III?
(a) Friendship.
(b) Greed.
(c) Investing.
(d) Money.

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

8. According to Seneca, what must one seek between extremes in all matters?
(a) Balance.
(b) Kindness.
(c) Love.
(d) Truth.

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

10. 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) Croton.
(b) Parma.
(c) Athens.
(d) Rome.

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

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

13. What does Lucilius ask Seneca to include in his letters?
(a) An autograph.
(b) Investment information.
(c) Stoic aphorisms.
(d) A poem to read to his friend.

14. Why do people become slaves, according to Seneca?
(a) It is their choice.
(b) It is punishment for a crime.
(c) It is by their fortune.
(d) It is by their merit.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which philosopher believes the idea of "cheerful poverty" is absurd?

2. Who is chastised in Letter III for not discussing his personal matters?

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

4. What does Seneca say is the worst noise of all?

5. How does one perfect his own soul, according to Seneca?

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