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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 wrote the Iliad?
2. What does Seneca give advice about coping with in Letter LXXVIII?
3. According to Seneca, who can truly appreciate wisdom?
4. What does Scipio volunteer to do?
5. According to Letter LXXXVIII, how important is the knowledge of the liberal arts to Stoicism?
Short Essay Questions
1. List and explain three types of people who, according to Seneca, find philosophy attractive for the wrong reasons.
2. What does Seneca say causes envy and how can envy be avoided?
3. Why does Seneca move to the country and what effects result from the move?
4. What is the concept of causation according to Aristotle?
5. Who was Scipio and why does Seneca praise him?
6. Why does Seneca believe only a philosopher can appreciate wisdom?
7. How, according to Seneca, are life and philosophy both the gifts of the gods?
8. Why does Seneca object to Posidinus' claims that philosopher's ruled during the Golden Age and were responsible for many new technological innovations?
9. How, according to Letter LXXXIII, does Seneca spend his day?
10. What does Plato add to Aristotle's theory of causation?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Who was Posidonius? Discuss the issue Seneca had with one of his claims and talk about the many roles of Posidonius.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss Seneca's life on Nero's court.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the value of a liberal arts education according to Seneca.
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