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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What affects Seneca's exercise time according to Letter LXXXIII?
(a) His lack of interest.
(b) The amount of time he studies.
(c) His old age.
(d) His lack of time.

2. According to Seneca in Letter LXXXVIII, what should man not strive to become?
(a) A good man.
(b) A religious man.
(c) A learned man.
(d) A pleasant man.

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

4. Why does Seneca move to the country?
(a) For the health benefits of fresh air.
(b) To be closer to Lucilius.
(c) To be farther from the corruptness of Rome.
(d) To get out of the greedy city of Croton.

5. Who ran away in Letter CVII that made Lucilius grieve?
(a) His wife and kids.
(b) Some of his slaves.
(c) His oldest daughter.
(d) His dog.

6. Why does Seneca say he considered suicide once?
(a) To escape his illness.
(b) He didn't feel loved or needed by society.
(c) Out of consideration for his parents.
(d) He felt worthless.

7. According to his criticism in Letter CVIII, what does Seneca say literary scholars do with philosophical theories?
(a) Help spread them to the masses.
(b) Ruin them by writing them down incorrectly.
(c) Read them over and over.
(d) Dissect the words without garnering the meaning.

8. According to Seneca, who can truly appreciate wisdom?
(a) Only priests and oracles.
(b) Teachers of all sorts.
(c) Only the philosopher.
(d) Scholars who are well-read.

9. How can a person be prepared for any tragedy that might happen?
(a) Imagine all the situations, then you won't be surprised.
(b) Calm events = calm people.
(c) Plan every last detail so you have a firm schedule.
(d) Don't serve wine at any event.

10. Who wrote the Aeneid?
(a) Virgil.
(b) Homer.
(c) Seneca.
(d) Petronius.

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

12. According to his criticism in Letter CVIII, what does Seneca say literary scholars should do with philosophical theories?
(a) Write fiction about them that will appeal to the masses.
(b) Interpret them correctly.
(c) Apply them to their own lives.
(d) Compare them to other theories.

13. What is duty that Seneca states all men are bound to eventually carry out?
(a) Civic responsiblity.
(b) Death.
(c) Taxes.
(d) Public service.

14. What is symptomatic of excessive attachment to the body, according to Seneca?
(a) Excessive concern with pain.
(b) Frequent baths.
(c) Frequent trips to community baths.
(d) Excessive primping.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of events does Seneca say upsets people the most?

2. According to Letter LXV, how do friends get Seneca to stop reading and writing while he is sick?

3. Who does Seneca point out (in Letter CIV) had a wife and children who constantly nagged him?

4. According to Stoic thought, what is the formless substance with "unlimited potential?"

5. What does Seneca admit that he cares less about as he ages?

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