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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "Discussions at Tusculum," what do the Stoics argue is necessary to be happy?
(a) To be old.
(b) To be rich.
(c) To be young.
(d) To be morally good.

2. What does much of Cicero's writing contain, according to Grant?
(a) Roman philosphy.
(b) Prayers.
(c) Challenges to the public.
(d) Greek philosophy.

3. When did Cicero do his writing, according to the introduction?
(a) During the 60s B.C.
(b) Between the 60s and early 50s A.D.
(c) Between the late 60s-40s B.C.
(d) Between the 60s and early 50s B.C.

4. Who was Cicero worried about, according to the introduction?
(a) His mother's health.
(b) The Greek republic.
(c) The Roman republic.
(d) His own health.

5. According to Cicero, what can one NOT be without being intelligent?
(a) Brave.
(b) Honest.
(c) Good.
(d) Just.

6. What are the series of arguments about in "On Duties"?
(a) They are against liberty.
(b) They are against confomrity.
(c) They are against tyranny.
(d) They are against religion.

7. How many virtues does Cicero argue moral goodness is comprised of?
(a) 2.
(b) 1.
(c) 3.
(d) 5.

8. In "On Duties," how many feelings does Cicero say a good ruler should inspire in his subjects?
(a) 3.
(b) 1.
(c) 5.
(d) 2.

9. What group was Cicero's classical background popular among?
(a) Children.
(b) Nuns.
(c) Philosphers.
(d) Humanists.

10. What or whom does Michael Grant, the author of the introduction, introduce?
(a) Roman philosophy.
(b) Greek philosophy.
(c) Himself.
(d) Marcus Tullius Cicero.

11. What is "Discussions at Tusculum" about?
(a) What happiness is.
(b) What makes a life full of quality.
(c) What makes a man happy.
(d) What makes a good life happy.

12. What did Cicero believe the Roman republic should behave like?
(a) "Elusive and free."
(b) "Lucid and demanding."
(c) "Strong and indestructive."
(d) "Heroes of old."

13. What are external 'bads' considered to be, according to Cicero?
(a) Unpreferables.
(b) Indifferents.
(c) Necessary to happiness.
(d) Preferables.

14. What are external goods always at risk of, according to Cicero?
(a) "Violent commotions."
(b) Jealousy.
(c) Possession.
(d) Wealth.

15. What was the result of Cicero's desire to capture others thought in his writing's?
(a) He was unthoughtful.
(b) He was thoughtless.
(c) He was unoriginal.
(d) He was too thoughful.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Cicero influence, according to Grant?

2. What type of interest did the Romans have towards philosophy, according to Grant?

3. What does the book reproduced in "On Duties" concern itself with?

4. What did an ancient ethical view believe was necessary for happiness?

5. Who does Cicero compare Dionysius to?

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