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Philosophy 302: Ethics
Quiz: Stoicism

Directions: Evaluate the following statements as "true" or as "false."

1. The stoic believes that many persons are unhappy because they identify themselves with their feelings.
True
False

2. The stoic believes that negative feelings (such as boredom, restlessness, sense of futility) are caused by us--not by events in the world.
True
False

3. The stoic believes that some worldly activities can only be enjoyed by their results (such as a love affair or a career).
True
False

4. The stoic believes that self-observation is a fundamental mistake and leads to self-doubt and confusion.
True
False

5. The stoic believes that if you do not define yourself in terms of external situations, then you do not fear change or loss.
True
False

6. Active awareness for the stoic implies that one is accepting, open and nonjudgmental about events in the world.
True
False

7. According to the stoic position, you feel good because the world is right, not that your world is right because you feel good.
True
False

8. The stoic thinks that most people fail to break unwanted habits because the same self who is trying to break the habit is the same self who is trapped by it.
True
False

9. The stoic believes that good and bad are qualities of intentions or mental phenomena rather that qualities of events in the world.
True
False

10. If someone breaks a promise and I am resentful, the stoic would say that the anger results from a pretentious picture of myself which robs me of the very happiness I seek.
True
False

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