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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. According to Cicero in "On Duties," what do men need?
(a) Resources.
(b) Love.
(c) Friends.
(d) Money.

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

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

6. What must the ruler maintain, according to Cicero?
(a) Justice.
(b) Order.
(c) Balance between powers.
(d) Equality before law.

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

8. What did Cicero believe the result would be if happiness was only achieved by certain goods?
(a) That happiness was unnecessary.
(b) That happiness was permanent.
(c) That happiness could only be perfected by possessing imperishable goods.
(d) That unhappiness did not exist.

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

10. What are the third and fourth principles concerned with, in "On Duties"?
(a) Expediency.
(b) Taxes.
(c) Love.
(d) Dictators.

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

12. According to "Discussions at Tusculum," what did all Greek schools of philosophy agree on?
(a) That good lives require being morally good.
(b) That good lives cannot exist.
(c) That good lives require posessions.
(d) That good lives require friends.

13. What did Cicero argue is the cure for misfortune?
(a) Love.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Frienship.
(d) Psychology.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to the Stoics, what was the faculty that was unique to humans?

3. Where is the setting of "Discussions at Tusculum"?

4. Who was Dionysius?

5. According to the introduction, how did the younger Seneca receive Cicero?

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