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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 especially does Seneca consider when he makes his move to the country?
(a) His father.
(b) His wife.
(c) Himself.
(d) His mother.

2. What is symptomatic of excessive attachment to the body, according to Seneca?
(a) Excessive primping.
(b) Frequent trips to community baths.
(c) Frequent baths.
(d) Excessive concern with pain.

3. Who objects to Posidinus' claims about past rulers and technological inventions?
(a) Vatia.
(b) Lucilius.
(c) Plato.
(d) Seneca.

4. According to Seneca in Letter LXXXVIII, what should man not strive to become?
(a) A good man.
(b) A learned man.
(c) A religious man.
(d) A pleasant man.

5. According to Seneca, what is the fruit of man's own efforts?
(a) Life.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Love.
(d) Peace between nations.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Seneca name as never too great for a man to endure, thanks to nature's way of minimizing them?

2. According to Letter LXXXVIII, how important is the knowledge of the liberal arts to Stoicism?

3. Who wrote the Iliad?

4. What does Seneca say the gods give man the capacity for?

5. Who is Scipio?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Plato add to Aristotle's theory of causation?

2. According to Seneca, what destroyed man's harmonic relationship with nature and what was the result?

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

4. What lesson can be learned from the city that burned?

5. Why does Seneca object to Posidinus' claims that philosopher's ruled during the Golden Age and were responsible for many new technological innovations?

6. List and explain three types of people who, according to Seneca, find philosophy attractive for the wrong reasons.

7. What advice does Seneca give Lucilius about coping with illness and the sometimes severe symptoms that accompany it?

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

9. Why does Seneca say the Stoic account of causation is better than both Aristotle's and Plato's?

10. Why does Seneca believe only a philosopher can appreciate wisdom?

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