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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 is the unusual transgression about, ending Letter LXXXVI?
(a) Transplanting flowers.
(b) Transplanting trees.
(c) Transplanting sheep organs.
(d) Transplanting human organs.

2. When does Seneca say that men that began to claim pieces of land as their property?
(a) When the emperor began giving it away.
(b) When they became more self-aware.
(c) When greed entered the hearts of mankind.
(d) When gods told them to do so.

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

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

5. What kind of events does Seneca say upsets people the most?
(a) Hysterical events.
(b) Planned events.
(c) Surprise events.
(d) Calm events.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Posidinius?

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

3. According to his criticism in Letter CVIII, what does Seneca say literary scholars do with philosophical theories?

4. According to Seneca in Letter LXXXVIII, what should man strive to become?

5. Who wrote the Aeneid?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the Stoic concept of causation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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