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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Seneca, who has a misguided interest in philosophy?
(a) Women.
(b) Misguided intellects.
(c) Priests.
(d) Political figures.

3. What does Seneca say that many people find attractive for the wrong reasons?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Outward appearance.
(c) Religion.
(d) Politics.

4. What includes the studies of literature, rhetoric and history?
(a) Still life art.
(b) Bachelor of arts.
(c) Liberal arts.
(d) Fine arts.

5. Who says there are four causes?
(a) Aristotle.
(b) Sophocles.
(c) Seneca.
(d) Plato.

6. According to Seneca, what is the fruit of man's own efforts?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Love.
(c) Peace between nations.
(d) Life.

7. What kind of events does Seneca say upsets people the most?
(a) Hysterical events.
(b) Surprise events.
(c) Calm events.
(d) Planned events.

8. How does Seneca spend most of his day?
(a) In study.
(b) Dreaming.
(c) Praying.
(d) Exercising.

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

10. What becomes of people who live a quiet, private life which incites neither anger nor envy?
(a) They remain safe.
(b) They accomplish nothing.
(c) They are stoned.
(d) They are bored.

11. Who wrote the Iliad?
(a) Seneca.
(b) Virgil.
(c) Homer.
(d) Petronius.

12. What phrase best sums up Letter XCI?
(a) Expect the unexpected.
(b) The early bird catches the worm.
(c) Never look back.
(d) If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

13. What do the friends Seneca talks about in Letter LXV compare to concepts by Aristotle and Plato?
(a) Zeno's concept of relationships.
(b) The Stoic concept of causation.
(c) Arelius' thoughts about life.
(d) Seneca's thoughts about death.

14. According to Seneca in Letter LXXXVIII, what should man strive to become?
(a) A good man.
(b) A pleasant man.
(c) A religious man.
(d) A learned man.

15. What does Seneca name as never too great for a man to endure, thanks to nature's way of minimizing them?
(a) Loves.
(b) Pains.
(c) Heartbreaks.
(d) Choices.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of Seneca's friends grieved the burning of the town discussed in Letter XCI?

2. According to his criticism in Letter CVIII, what does Seneca say literary scholars do with philosophical theories?

3. Who wrote the Aeneid?

4. Who objects to Posidinus' claims about past rulers and technological inventions?

5. Why does Seneca say he considered suicide once?

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