Letters from a Stoic Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Who ran away in Letter CVII that made Lucilius grieve?

2. What does Seneca give advice about coping with in Letter LXXVIII?

3. Who wrote the Iliad?

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

5. Who is Scipio?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Seneca move to the country and what effects result from the move?

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

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

8. Which city burned and how did it affect Seneca?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss causation, applying the theories of Stoicism, Aristotle and Plato.

Essay Topic 2

What is philosophy? What are ethics and what is the importance of ethics in philosophy?

Essay Topic 3

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

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