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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What did Cicero resist being identified with, according to Grant?
(a) Anyone religion.
(b) Dogmatism.
(c) Any woman.
(d) Any one school of philosphy.

4. What did Cicero believe humans cannot find peace without?
(a) Thoughts and rations.
(b) Falling in love.
(c) Fighting for your thoughts.
(d) Serving mankind.

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

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

7. In "On Duties," what will wise rulers win from their subjects?
(a) Respect.
(b) Fear.
(c) Affection.
(d) Love.

8. According to Cicero, in "On Duties," what does he feel is more effective in inspiring confidence?
(a) Love.
(b) Justice.
(c) Goodwill.
(d) Praise.

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

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

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

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

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

14. What are external goods merely considered to be by Cicero?
(a) Unpreferables.
(b) Preferables.
(c) Indifferents.
(d) Necessary to happiness.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Cicero believe strongly about the virtues of philosophy?

2. What did Cicero believe applied to every human, according to Grant?

3. How many miles was the setting of "Discussions at Tusculum" from Cicero's home?

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

5. What is "Discussions at Tusculum" about?

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