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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. Why does Seneca praise suicide?
(a) He likes to challenge the legal system.
(b) It is active, not passive.
(c) To cut back on medical needs of the community.
(d) He is tired of being sick.

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

3. What does Seneca say is the greatest of all arts?
(a) Painting.
(b) Sculpting.
(c) Wisdom.
(d) Religion.

4. Which line of studies does Seneca say tends to have a special temptation to vanity?
(a) Liberal arts.
(b) History.
(c) Business and politics.
(d) Sciences.

5. According to Seneca, who has a misguided interest in philosophy?
(a) Women.
(b) Priests.
(c) Political figures.
(d) Misguided intellects.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Seneca, where are the sharpest pains?

2. According to Seneca, what often brings the most unusual tragedies?

3. To whom will a person who is well-acquainted with poetry or history often be impressive?

4. What teaches men how to live well, according to Seneca?

5. In Letter LXXXIII, whose logic does Seneca question?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Seneca feel about moving to improve studies?

3. What is Seneca's criticism of the typical liberal arts scholar?

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

5. Who was Scipio and why does Seneca praise him?

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

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

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

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

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

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