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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 Lucilius ask Seneca to include in his letters?
(a) Investment information.
(b) An autograph.
(c) Stoic aphorisms.
(d) A poem to read to his friend.

2. What purpose does fasting serve, according to Seneca?
(a) To ward off gluttony.
(b) To shed some excess pounds.
(c) To prove a point to the public.
(d) To be able to drink more.

3. What has suffered a great deal between Letters XII and XXVII?
(a) Euripides overall health.
(b) Seneca's physical health.
(c) Epicurius' mental health.
(d) Lucilius' fortune.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What virtue does Seneca say does not perish or disappoint?

2. What has earned Seneca fame and respect among the citizens of Rome?

3. How does Seneca say slaves should be corrected?

4. What does Seneca say is the worst noise of all?

5. What is there little value in if one cannot share it with friends, according to Seneca?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Seneca's theory on slavery?

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

3. What is a sedan chair and why does Seneca use one occasionally?

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

5. In Letter II, how does Seneca advise Lucilius to proceed with his study of philosophy?

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

7. What are Seneca's thoughts on fear and how to eliminate it from life?

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

9. What does Seneca confide to Lucilius about his own vices?

10. What is the appeal of a slow death for Stoics? What does Seneca believe happens after death?

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