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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What must men have to resolve conflict, according to Cicero in "On Duties"?
(a) Money.
(b) Respect.
(c) Rulers.
(d) Resources.

2. What or whom does Michael Grant, the author of the introduction, introduce?
(a) Roman philosophy.
(b) Greek philosophy.
(c) Marcus Tullius Cicero.
(d) Himself.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What group was Cicero's classical background popular among?

2. Who does Cicero compare Dionysius to?

3. What does the book reproduced in "On Duties" concern itself with?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Tell why Cicero didn't identify with one type of philosophical school.

2. What are the intellectual goods that bring happiness, according to "Discussions at Tusculum"?

3. How did Cicero contradict the entire first chapter "Discussions at Tusculum"?

4. What did Cicero's work return to in "On Duties" and why?

5. When did Cicero write most of his works?

6. What are 'preferables,' 'unpreferables,' and 'indifferents' according to the Stoics?

7. What did the Epicureans believe happiness was?

8. What is the importance of stability in external goods, according to "Discussions at Tusculum"?

9. What three things did Cicero argue moral goodness is comprised of?

10. What were Cicero's attitudes about human rights?

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