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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why, according to Seneca, shouldn't old age frighten a wise man?

2. What is it that Seneca says no human being merits?

3. What is the topic of Letter III?

4. What does Seneca encourage in Letter VI?

5. How does noise affect Seneca's ability to study?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between physical and spiritual ailments, according the Seneca's seasick boat trip example?

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

3. What is Seneca's theory on slavery?

4. According to Seneca, from where where does one's soul originate?

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

6. What does Seneca confide to Lucilius about his own vices?

7. What does Seneca say about developing friendships?

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

9. What is a "quibbler" and what advice does Seneca offer to Lucilius about quibblers?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic. Define each and discuss at least two examples of irony in Seneca's letters.

Essay Topic 2

Who was Posidonius? Discuss the issue Seneca had with one of his claims and talk about the many roles of Posidonius.

Essay Topic 3

Is Stoicism a religion? Explore why or why not.

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