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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Seneca say the gods give man the capacity for?
(a) Love.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Scientific study.
(d) Life.

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

4. Who especially does Seneca consider when he makes his move to the country?
(a) Himself.
(b) His mother.
(c) His father.
(d) His wife.

5. Which of Seneca's friends grieved the burning of the town discussed in Letter XCI?
(a) Liberalis.
(b) Lucilius.
(c) Flaccus.
(d) Tibius.

6. What tends to either not last very long or to at least have periods of subsidence?
(a) Studies of other philosophies.
(b) Severe pains.
(c) Grief.
(d) Marriages.

7. Who is the author of all that happens in the world, according to Seneca?
(a) God.
(b) Seneca.
(c) Yourself.
(d) Zeus and Jupiter.

8. According to Seneca, what is death?
(a) The gateway to Heaven and an opportunity to meet the gods.
(b) A doorway into a wonderful after life.
(c) Nothing but an unconscious state of non-existence.
(d) An unconscious state of non-existence or a better state than life.

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

10. 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.

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

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

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

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

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. In his example of suffering for the sake of knowledge, who does Seneca say was executed for blasphemy?

2. Who wrote the Aeneid?

3. According to Letter XCI, what town was destroyed by fire?

4. What does Seneca give advice about coping with in Letter LXXVIII?

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

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