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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Seneca say happens to life when one focuses too much on trivial and fleeting activities?
(a) It becomes meaningless and not worth living.
(b) It is fulfilled with recreation.
(c) It ends earlier.
(d) It causes much sickness.

2. Who is chastised in Letter III for not discussing his personal matters?
(a) Seneca.
(b) Plato.
(c) Vatia.
(d) Lucilius.

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

4. What does Seneca recommend avoiding in Letter VII?
(a) The masses.
(b) Prostitutes.
(c) People without shoes.
(d) Religious zealots.

5. Who is praised for his virtue and dedication to studies in Letter II?
(a) Zeno.
(b) Lucilius.
(c) Plato.
(d) Seneca.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are Seneca's comments about the book he mentions in Letter XLVI?

2. What does Lucilius ask Seneca to include in his letters?

3. According to Seneca, if one begins taking lessons other than philosophy, what happens?

4. According to Seneca as he comforts Lucilius, what is the death of a friend a reminder to do?

5. How does Seneca say all people -- young and old alike -- should live each day?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Seneca, how much concern should a wise man have regarding his or others' physical beauty?

2. What is Seneca's theory on slavery?

3. Why didn't the Stoics write a lot of quotable quotes for students to memorize? What is his opinion about quotable quotes?

4. Why does Lucilius call Seneca a hypocrite in Letter VIII?

5. Discuss the necessity of and the problem with diversions, according to Seneca.

6. As Seneca comforts Lucilius at the loss of his friend, he says grief has a purpose. What is that purpose and how should a wise Stoic man deal with the death of a friend?

7. What does Seneca tell Lucilius about the pace of speech?

8. Lucilius writes Seneca that his melancholy mood remained unchanged no matter how far he traveled from home. How does Seneca explain Lucilius' complaint?

9. What is the difference between physical and spiritual ailments, according the Seneca's seasick boat trip example?

10. How does Seneca explain how he partakes of the festivities of Saturnalia?

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