Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which invaluable service did Cicero do while writing philosophy?
(a) He translated a few ideas from Greek philosophy into Latin.
(b) He translated a few ideas from Greek philosophy into Italian.
(c) He translated the major ideas from Greek philosophy into Latin.
(d) He translated the major ideas from Greek philosophy into Italian.

2. What did Cicero speak against in his Philippics?
(a) Another war.
(b) Another election.
(c) A set of laws against Antony.
(d) A compromise with Antony.

3. What did Cicero label Antony in the third Philippic?
(a) Useless.
(b) An enemy.
(c) A traitor.
(d) Weak.

4. How did Cicero respond to Octavian as Consul and the forming of the Second Triumvirate?
(a) He wanted to stay in the Senate.
(b) He tried to boost the power of the Senate.
(c) He wanted to stay away from the Senate.
(d) He tried to restore balance to the Senate.

5. How did the opposition to Caesar act when Pompey abandoned Rome?
(a) They were unaware of it.
(b) They were hiding.
(c) They were outraged.
(d) They were confused.

6. As mentioned in Chapter 8, which problem did Cicero observe in the Roman Constitution?
(a) Only in the revisions that could be made to it.
(b) Only in the people entrusted with protecting it.
(c) Only that it was too long.
(d) Only that it was not long enough.

7. How many times was Antony defeated at the beginning of the war?
(a) Seven times.
(b) Twice.
(c) Four times.
(d) Once.

8. What type of campaign did Cicero lead while governing Cicilia?
(a) Average.
(b) Extensive.
(c) Normal, but interrupted.
(d) Brief.

9. What was the purpose of the tribunal that was assembled with Octavian as Consul?
(a) To undermine the Senate.
(b) To prevent future political speeches.
(c) To oversee future cases.
(d) To try the conspirators against Caesar.

10. When did the conspiracies against Caesar begin?
(a) One month after the Ides of March.
(b) Eight months after the Ides of March.
(c) One year after the Ides of March.
(d) Four months after the Ides of March.

11. How did people agree that Cicero died?
(a) With bravery, resilience, and professionalism.
(b) With bravery and professionalism.
(c) With resilience and professionalism.
(d) With bravery and resilience.

12. Out of the many blows that were used in the attack on Caesar, how many were fatal?
(a) A few.
(b) One.
(c) Several.
(d) A lot.

13. Who did Cicero prefer to support in the conflict between Caesar and Pompey?
(a) Pompey.
(b) Caesar.
(c) Caesar for some issues and Pompey for other issues.
(d) Neither Pompey nor Caesar.

14. What was On the State written about?
(a) Responses to common political questions.
(b) Responses to common legal questions.
(c) The ideal constitution and the ideal citizen.
(d) The ideal military and the ideal war.

15. What was Cicero's instinct about Caesar's attempts in the Senate?
(a) To support Caesar against the Senate.
(b) To support neither Caesar nor the Senate.
(c) To support the Senate against Caesar.
(d) To support both Caesar and the Senate.

Short Answer Questions

1. How was On the State received?

2. When did Octavian become Consul?

3. How much work did On the State require?

4. What was Cicero's reputation when he began writing about politics?

5. What did Cicero think about Caesar's ransacking of the Treasury in Rome?

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