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

2. What teaches men how to live well, according to Seneca?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Religion.
(c) Science.
(d) Study of liberal arts.

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

4. Who says there are four causes?
(a) Plato.
(b) Sophocles.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Seneca.

5. What does Seneca consider to be the gift of gods?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Only philosophy.
(c) Only life.
(d) Both life and philosophy.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Letter LXV, how do friends get Seneca to stop reading and writing while he is sick?

2. According to Seneca, who has a misguided interest in philosophy?

3. What does Scipio volunteer to do?

4. What is caused by the flaunting of one's possessions?

5. What phrase best sums up Letter XCI?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Stoic concept of causation?

2. How, according to Seneca, are life and philosophy both the gifts of the gods?

3. Which city burned and how did it affect Seneca?

4. What fault does Seneca find in Zeno's logic that a good man will not drink to excess?

5. Why does Seneca move to the country and what effects result from the move?

6. How, according to Letter LXXXIII, does Seneca spend his day?

7. What is the value of a liberal arts education, according to Seneca?

8. What is Zeno's logic that a drunk man is not a good man?

9. What does Seneca say about people who have an excessive concern with pain?

10. What is the concept of causation according to Aristotle?

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