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

2. What topic does Seneca discuss in Letter XL?
(a) Death.
(b) Love.
(c) Money.
(d) Speech.

3. What does Seneca say cannot be learned only through reading?
(a) Writing.
(b) Mythology.
(c) Astronomy.
(d) Virtue.

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

5. What kind of ailments does Seneca say are not as obvious as they worsen?
(a) Physical.
(b) Mental.
(c) Spiritual.
(d) Breathing-related ones.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Seneca praise in Letter XI?

2. Which of Lucilius' friends dies?

3. According to Seneca, what must one seek between extremes in all matters?

4. What does Seneca say in Letter XVI is of no interest to the wise man?

5. Which philosopher does Seneca quote in Letter II despite the fact that he does not particularly like him?

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 thoughts on the phrase "cheerful poverty?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is Seneca's opinion of Vatia? How does it differ from public opinion?

10. How does noise affect Seneca's studies and how does his explanation become a metaphor for the Stoic soul?

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