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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 about the Stoic troubled by no external concerns?
(a) The heart.
(b) The body.
(c) The soul.
(d) The mind.

2. According to Seneca as he comforts Lucilius, what is the death of a friend a reminder to do?
(a) To send notes to the grieving family.
(b) To take better care of yourself.
(c) To appreciate your friends in life.
(d) Not to get close to people because they will only die.

3. What is it that Seneca says no human being merits?
(a) A beating.
(b) Correction.
(c) Love.
(d) Mental torture.

4. Who does Seneca praise in Letter XI?
(a) Lucilius himself.
(b) Lucilius' friend.
(c) Lucilius' father.
(d) Lucilius' ancestors.

5. What ailment, according to Letter LIV, has become very serious for Seneca?
(a) Irregular heart beat.
(b) Asthma.
(c) A tumor in his throat.
(d) Indigestion.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Letter XLI, what lives in each man's soul?

2. Which philosopher believes the idea of "cheerful poverty" is absurd?

3. What kinds of noises are more distracting, according to Senenca?

4. How does Seneca say a wise man should act toward the festival celebrated in Letter XVII?

5. What does Seneca encourage in Letter VI?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Seneca, from where where does one's soul originate?

3. According to Seneca, who should think about death and why?

4. What does Seneca say about the study of philosophy?

5. What does Seneca say about developing friendships?

6. When does Seneca say a master should correct his slaves? How should slaves be corrected and why?

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

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. Explain the importance to occasional fasting according to Seneca.

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

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