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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the introduction, what is Cicero NOT?
(a) Spirtual.
(b) Dogmatic.
(c) Eager.
(d) Trustworthy.

2. According to the introduction, how did the younger Seneca receive Cicero?
(a) He read him only to challenge his work.
(b) He praised him, but found his writings shallow.
(c) He slammed him.
(d) He noted him once in one of his essays.

3. According to Cicero, what will breed resentment in a ruler's subjects?
(a) Theft.
(b) Power.
(c) Dishonor.
(d) Unjust behavior.

4. What does Cicero address in his work, "On Duties"?
(a) Political life.
(b) Friendship.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Grief.

5. According to Cicero, how was the Stoics view counter-intuitive?
(a) It denounces material importance.
(b) It contradicts Cicero's opinions.
(c) This view suggests one can be happy with no external or bodily goods.
(d) It denounces relationship importance.

6. What does happiness necessarily require, according to Cicero?
(a) Tranquility.
(b) Singing.
(c) Laughter.
(d) Smiles.

7. According to "Discussions at Tusculum," why are evil people always miserable?
(a) They do not have friends.
(b) They do not have good lives.
(c) They are not morally good.
(d) They are selfish.

8. Who favored Cicero?
(a) Roman orators.
(b) Greek orators.
(c) Lactantius and many Christian fathers.
(d) Nuns.

9. Where did Cicero retire during the transition of power in the Roman republic, according to Grant's introduction?
(a) The Mediterranean.
(b) The country.
(c) Ireland.
(d) His castle.

10. What were the followers of Aristotle called?
(a) Aristotlians.
(b) Aristocracy's.
(c) Aristotle's followers.
(d) Peripatetics.

11. How does the argument in "Discussions at Tusculum" begin?
(a) With his friend asking Cicero a question.
(b) With a description of the river.
(c) With Cicero talking to Brutus.
(d) With Cicero talking to himself.

12. According to Grant, what did Cicero believe every human had to make them equal?
(a) A spark of divinity.
(b) A common bond.
(c) A common ancestry.
(d) Love.

13. Who was Dionysius?
(a) The ruler of Rome.
(b) The ruler of Asia.
(c) The dictator of Syracuse.
(d) The dictator of Greece.

14. According to Cicero, how does he view tyrannies?
(a) Needed.
(b) Unstable.
(c) Unnecessary.
(d) Stable.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Cicero believe the Roman republic should behave like?

2. In "On Duties," how will rulers win goodwill?

3. What does much of Cicero's writing contain, according to Grant?

4. What did Cicero argue is the cure for misfortune?

5. Who did Cicero influence, according to Grant?

(see the answer keys)

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