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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. For Stoics, what are two basic elements found in any object?
(a) Mass and reason.
(b) Sound and fury.
(c) Weight and size.
(d) Matter and cause.

2. According to Letter XCI, what town was destroyed by fire?
(a) Lyons.
(b) Croton.
(c) Rome.
(d) Vatican City.

3. What does Scipio volunteer to do?
(a) Kill Seneca.
(b) Care for the ailing Seneca.
(c) Help teach Seneca.
(d) Go into exile.

4. According to Letter LXV, how do friends get Seneca to stop reading and writing while he is sick?
(a) By bringing in a card game.
(b) By taking him to a hospital.
(c) By entertaining him with a short play.
(d) By asking him to discuss a philosophical question.

5. What is caused by the flaunting of one's possessions?
(a) Greed.
(b) Bitterness.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Envy.

6. Why does Seneca praise suicide?
(a) He likes to challenge the legal system.
(b) He is tired of being sick.
(c) To cut back on medical needs of the community.
(d) It is active, not passive.

7. Whose first instinct is it to incorporate wisdom into his life and actions?
(a) The literary scholar.
(b) The philosopher.
(c) The teacher.
(d) The priest.

8. According to Seneca, where are the sharpest pains?
(a) In the smallest area of the body.
(b) In the nose.
(c) In the eye/temple area because they are close to the brain.
(d) In the heart.

9. What is the unusual transgression about, ending Letter LXXXVI?
(a) Transplanting trees.
(b) Transplanting human organs.
(c) Transplanting sheep organs.
(d) Transplanting flowers.

10. Who objects to Posidinus' claims about past rulers and technological inventions?
(a) Lucilius.
(b) Seneca.
(c) Plato.
(d) Vatia.

11. What does Seneca admit that he cares less about as he ages?
(a) His hair.
(b) His friends.
(c) His financial affairs.
(d) His appearance.

12. According to Seneca, what was the goal of technological inventions of the past age?
(a) To make life more basic than ever.
(b) To make man comfortable or wealthy.
(c) To save money.
(d) To outdo the previous generation.

13. In his example of suffering for the sake of knowledge, who does Seneca say was executed for blasphemy?
(a) Claudius.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Homer.
(d) Plato.

14. What does Seneca say prepares the mind for philosophy?
(a) Fine arts.
(b) Meditations.
(c) Religion.
(d) Liberal arts.

15. According to Posidinus, who ruled in the past time?
(a) Gods.
(b) Mathmeticians.
(c) Historians.
(d) Philosophers.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Seneca say he decided not to commit suicide?

2. What is duty that Seneca states all men are bound to eventually carry out?

3. Who especially does Seneca consider when he makes his move to the country?

4. What includes the studies of literature, rhetoric and history?

5. According to Seneca, what is death?

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