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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Cicero voice his disapproval of Caesar's actions in getting a land reform bill passed?
(a) He gave four speeches.
(b) He gave a speech.
(c) He wrote four letters.
(d) He wrote a letter.

2. Which of the following was listed as a cause for the War of Allies?
(a) Politics.
(b) Two battles.
(c) Misunderstandings.
(d) One battle.

3. How did Caesar give his consent for Cicero's return from exile?
(a) Reluctantly.
(b) Angrily.
(c) Nonchalantly.
(d) Happily.

4. Who talked Cicero into exposing Clodius' false alibi at the festival?
(a) Terentia.
(b) Pompey.
(c) No one.
(d) Caesar.

5. When did the Plebs rebel against abuses of power?
(a) Every month.
(b) Rarely.
(c) Often.
(d) Every year.

6. Later in Cicero's life, when did he return to the villa in the countryside mentioned in Chapter 2?
(a) He stayed there most of the time.
(b) During difficult times.
(c) During the preparations for political events.
(d) He visited there for significant occasions.

7. What nickname was Cicero given while studying certain subjects?
(a) The little rhetorician.
(b) The little Greek boy.
(c) The little Greek writer.
(d) The little author.

8. What effect did Cicero's marriage to Terentia have on him?
(a) It helped him politically.
(b) It helped him financially.
(c) It caused him to rethink his work.
(d) It caused him to spend more time away from work.

9. In a deal that was eventually broken by Clodius, what did Cicero agree to do if Clodius did not launch a prosecution?
(a) Support Clodius' reforms.
(b) Stop blocking Clodius' reforms.
(c) Support one of Clodius' reforms.
(d) Stop blocking one of Clodius' reforms.

10. How did Cicero initially protect himself from Clodius and his standing gang?
(a) By working with a Tribune.
(b) By keeping his location unknown.
(c) By only appearing in crowds.
(d) By continuing to give speeches.

11. Why did the Senate become influential in the Roman government?
(a) The Senate was intended to represent both social classes.
(b) The positions were held for life.
(c) The Senate did not represent either social class.
(d) The positions were held for over twenty years.

12. Why did Cicero's defense of Roscius have such a big impact on his career?
(a) The ending of his speech.
(b) The beginning of his speech.
(c) The place where his speech took place.
(d) The oratorical structure of his speech.

13. After quickly listing the crimes of Verres, how did Cicero build the case in his opening statement?
(a) By providing the evidence.
(b) By providing the evidence, explaining the crimes again, and asking for questions.
(c) By asking for questions.
(d) By explaining the crimes again.

14. How did Cicero respond to a land reform bill in Chapter 5?
(a) He opposed it.
(b) He supported most of it.
(c) He ignored it.
(d) He supported it.

15. What did Cicero learn about from Diodotus?
(a) Cynicism.
(b) Stoicism.
(c) Academic skepticism.
(d) Pyrrhonian skepticism.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many men that Catalina recruited began to leave after Cicero stopped the conspiracy?

2. Which of the following was cited as a reason for the difficulty Rome had in managing its vast holdings?

3. Why was it easy for mob rule to exist in Rome?

4. While defeating Verres in court, what did Cicero do to become more well-known?

5. Who elected the Consuls in the Roman government?

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