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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What small town was Cicero born in?
(a) Arpinum.
(b) Paliano.
(c) Veroli.
(d) Cassino.

3. Which of the following was established to represent the Plebs?
(a) Advisory Committees.
(b) Advisory Boards.
(c) Councils.
(d) Tribunes.

4. How many years were there between when Cicero's daughter was married and the actual wedding?
(a) Ten.
(b) Two.
(c) Seven.
(d) Five.

5. Which year did Cicero leave Rome in Chapter 3?
(a) 81 B.C.
(b) 79 B.C.
(c) 78 B.C.
(d) 80 B.C.

6. According to the Roman government, when could dictators be appointed?
(a) During a war.
(b) During an emergency.
(c) With a vote in the Senate.
(d) With a vote from the people.

7. Which of the following was not included in Chapter 2 as a result of the Wart of Allies?
(a) Italy became united.
(b) The Romans moved to other areas.
(c) Cultural divisions diminished.
(d) The shock of the stability of the Republic.

8. Following a successful campaign for Quaestor, what position was Cicero given in Sicily?
(a) Administrator.
(b) Treasurer.
(c) Advisor.
(d) Mayor.

9. What was the length of the term for the Consuls?
(a) Three years.
(b) Four years.
(c) Two years.
(d) One year.

10. How long did the Triumvirate use Cicero's skills as a lawyer?
(a) Seven years.
(b) Four years.
(c) Eight years.
(d) Three years.

11. Which tactic did Caesar use in order to get a land reform bill passed?
(a) He bribed the Senate.
(b) He made several threats to the Senate.
(c) He appealed to the People.
(d) He refused to attend meetings unless the bill was passed.

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

13. What did Everitt think about the Roman Constitution's checks and balances?
(a) There were not enough.
(b) It was not discussed in the book.
(c) There were too many.
(d) There were the right amount.

14. After hearing about Catalina's plan, what did Cicero convince the Senate to do?
(a) Stop Catalina from leaving the city.
(b) Issue a fine.
(c) Arrest Catalina.
(d) Postpone the elections.

15. Why did the governing classes decide to back Cicero for Consul?
(a) He had the best record in politics.
(b) His previous cases proved that he was on their side.
(c) His work made their responsibilities easier.
(d) He defended the authority of the Senate.

Short Answer Questions

1. Based on Cicero's letters around the time of his speech about Caesar in Chapter 7, what was clear about his mood?

2. How was the city of Rome described in Chapter 3?

3. How did Cicero initially protect himself from Clodius and his standing gang?

4. Although Cicero's exact reason for leaving Rome was not well known, what might have been a possibility?

5. Which year was Cicero's second and last child born?

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