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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. According to "On Duties," how do people find theft by the state?
(a) Outrageous.
(b) Absurd.
(c) Unjust.
(d) Necessary.

3. According to the introduction, how did the younger Seneca receive Cicero?
(a) He slammed him.
(b) He noted him once in one of his essays.
(c) He read him only to challenge his work.
(d) He praised him, but found his writings shallow.

4. What is the purpose of the book "On Duties"?
(a) To challenge its readers.
(b) So statesmen can come to know their duties.
(c) To inspire its readers.
(d) So people will reassess their lives.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Cicero's reputation decline, according to the introduction?

2. What does Cicero emphasize in the third and fourth principles in "On Duties"?

3. In "Discussions at Tusculum," what do the Stoics argue is necessary to be happy?

4. How many principles does Cicero list that govern the performances of our obligations?

5. According to Cicero, in "On Duties," which of the following will NOT inspire a good ruler's subjects?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Cicero define the 'recipe' to obtain a stable regime in "On Duties"?

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

4. What type of system of government did Cicero prefer in "On Duties"?

5. How was Cicero received by the public?

6. Of those listed in the introduction, what were some of the opinions the various author's had of Cicero?

7. When did Cicero write most of his works?

8. What did the Epicureans believe happiness was?

9. How did Cicero popularize many ideas and with whom?

10. Describe what Cicero insinuated about Caesar, in "On Duties".

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