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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. How does Seneca say a wise man should act toward the festival celebrated in Letter XVII?

2. What does Seneca say about slaves?

3. What does Seneca recommend avoiding in Letter VII?

4. Who is chastised in Letter III for not discussing his personal matters?

5. Which philosopher believes the idea of "cheerful poverty" is absurd?

Short Essay Questions

1. Lucilius writes Seneca that his melancholy mood remained unchanged no matter how far he traveled from home. How does Seneca explain Lucilius' complaint?

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

3. What does Seneca say about developing friendships?

4. What is Seneca's thoughts on the phrase "cheerful poverty?"

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

6. Why didn't the Stoics write a lot of quotable quotes for students to memorize? What is his opinion about quotable quotes?

7. Explain the importance to occasional fasting according to Seneca.

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

9. According to Seneca, who should think about death and why?

10. According to Seneca, how should a wise man deal with grief itself?

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

Outline the history of Stoicism.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the lives and deaths of Socrates and Seneca.

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