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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of interest did the Romans have towards philosophy, according to Grant?
(a) Slight intrigue.
(b) Superficial.
(c) Deep and thoughtful.
(d) Deep intrigue.

2. What did Stoics still think was preferable even if it did not add to happiness?
(a) Love.
(b) External achievement.
(c) Virtues.
(d) Relationships.

3. What is essential between two nations, according to Cicero in "On Duties"?
(a) Respect.
(b) Equal power.
(c) Money.
(d) Trade.

4. Why is statesmanship destroyed, according to "On Duties"?
(a) Because no one desires it anymore.
(b) Because the opportunities of statesmanship are destroyed.
(c) Caesar eliminates its possibility to continue.
(d) It isn't destroyed.

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

6. How does Cicero describe what philosophy's method does in "Discussions at Tusculum"?
(a) Challenging to its thinker.
(b) Freedom from one's pain and suffering.
(c) A release.
(d) Intense and though provoking.

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

8. According to the introduction, what did Cicero take refuge in after a divorce, fights with friends, and his daughter's death?
(a) Meditation.
(b) Reading.
(c) Writing.
(d) Observing nature.

9. According to the introduction, what was Cicero considered to be?
(a) A radical.
(b) An individualist who believed in human rights.
(c) A philospher.
(d) A saint.

10. What does the book reproduced in "On Duties" concern itself with?
(a) Theory of happiness.
(b) Theory of civic dispute.
(c) Theory of friendship.
(d) Theory of civic virtue.

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

12. In what period did Cicero gain great fame?
(a) The Renaissance.
(b) The Dark Ages.
(c) 200 years after his death.
(d) Just after his death.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to "On Duties," how do people find theft by the state?

2. What did Cicero resist being identified with, according to Grant?

3. What dictatorships does Cicero oppose in "On Duties"?

4. Where did Cicero retire during the transition of power in the Roman republic, according to Grant's introduction?

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

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