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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who did Cicero influence, according to Grant?
(a) The Renaissance art.
(b) The children of the time.
(c) The modern philosphers.
(d) The Italian church.

3. Who is the discussion between, in "Discussions at Tusculum"?
(a) Cicero and a friend.
(b) Cicero and his dad.
(c) Cicero and Dante.
(d) Cicero and Caesar.

4. How many miles was the setting of "Discussions at Tusculum" from Cicero's home?
(a) 15 miles.
(b) 16 miles.
(c) 13 miles.
(d) 100 miles.

5. How does the argument in "Discussions at Tusculum" begin?
(a) With Cicero talking to Brutus.
(b) With a description of the river.
(c) With Cicero talking to himself.
(d) With his friend asking Cicero a question.

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

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

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

9. What does happiness necessarily require, according to Cicero?
(a) Tranquility.
(b) Laughter.
(c) Smiles.
(d) Singing.

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

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

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

13. What happens once virtue is acquired, according to Cicero?
(a) It is permanent.
(b) It can not be lost except by free choice.
(c) It is temporary.
(d) It makes a person good, thus making him happy.

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

15. What dictatorships does Cicero oppose in "On Duties"?
(a) Caesar's.
(b) Brutus's.
(c) Crassus'.
(d) Cassius'.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Cicero in "On Duties," what do men need?

2. In "On Duties," how many feelings does Cicero say a good ruler should inspire in his subjects?

3. What does Grant state Cicero was excellent at doing?

4. What are external goods always at risk of, according to Cicero?

5. Who does Grant say took over power in the Roman Republic during Cicero's writing?

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