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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the result of Cicero's desire to capture others thought in his writing's?
(a) He was unoriginal.
(b) He was thoughtless.
(c) He was too thoughful.
(d) He was unthoughtful.

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

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

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

5. According to the introduction, who did Cicero criticize?
(a) Greeks.
(b) Romans.
(c) Romans that were too "hellenized."
(d) The church.

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

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

8. What are the contents of the book "On Duties" applicable to?
(a) Present day crisis.
(b) Tyranny.
(c) Jesus.
(d) Friendship.

9. What group was Cicero's classical background popular among?
(a) Humanists.
(b) Philosphers.
(c) Nuns.
(d) Children.

10. What does the Greek philosophy believe about the good life, according to "Discussions at Tusculum"?
(a) The good life is a rich life.
(b) The good life is expensive.
(c) The good life means to have friends.
(d) The good life is a happy life.

11. What did Cicero believe strongly about the virtues of philosophy?
(a) They took away the "load of empty troubles."
(b) They were insightful.
(c) They were valid and rational.
(d) They gave comfort to the fearful.

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

13. How many principles does Cicero list that govern the performances of our obligations?
(a) 7.
(b) 8.
(c) 6.
(d) 5.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What must men have to resolve conflict, according to Cicero in "On Duties"?

2. According to "Discussions at Tusculum," why are evil people always miserable?

3. According to Cicero, how does he view tyrannies?

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

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

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