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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When did Cicero's reputation decline, according to the introduction?
(a) The 18th century.
(b) The 19th century.
(c) It never declined.
(d) The 17th century.

2. According to the Stoics, what was the faculty that was unique to humans?
(a) Rational.
(b) Reason.
(c) Emotions.
(d) Thought.

3. 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.

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

5. According to the introduction, what type of writing style did Cicero sometimes write in?
(a) Journal.
(b) Dialogue.
(c) Essay.
(d) Poetic.

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

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

8. In "On Duties," which book is only reproduced in this particular selection of readings?
(a) Book IV.
(b) Book II.
(c) Book III.
(d) Book I.

9. What does Cicero emphasize in the third and fourth principles in "On Duties"?
(a) Dictators need a balance in their ruling.
(b) Expediency and rightness are connected.
(c) Taxes are inevitable.
(d) Love does not always prevail.

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

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

12. What type of governmental system does Cicero prefer?
(a) Where the ruler gives to his community.
(b) Where no one is taxed.
(c) Where men elect their ruler.
(d) Where the ruler is morally good.

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

14. What did an ancient ethical view believe was necessary for happiness?
(a) Stability.
(b) Friends.
(c) Being true to oneself.
(d) Being positive.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the series of arguments about in "On Duties"?

2. Who is the discussion between, in "Discussions at Tusculum"?

3. What did Cicero believe the result would be if happiness was only achieved by certain goods?

4. According to Grant, what did Cicero believe every human had to make them equal?

5. Who did Cicero influence, according to Grant?

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