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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 were the followers of Aristotle called?
(a) Aristocracy's.
(b) Aristotlians.
(c) Peripatetics.
(d) Aristotle's followers.

2. What are neutral things considered to be, according to Cicero?
(a) Indifferents.
(b) Necessary to happiness.
(c) Unpreferables.
(d) Preferables.

3. What is concluded about the achievement of moral goodness, in "Discussions at Tusculum"?
(a) It is necessary.
(b) It is unessecary.
(c) It is the only way to achieve happiness.
(d) It is indifferent to happiness.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does much of Cicero's writing contain, according to Grant?

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

4. How does Cicero perceive philosophy under tyranny rule?

5. What type of interest did the Romans have towards philosophy, according to Grant?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what Cicero said about justice and intelligence, in "On Duties."

2. What did the Epicureans believe happiness was?

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

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

5. Describe how Cicero perceived philosophy.

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

7. Describe why Cicero worried about the Roman republic.

8. What did the Greeks believe made a happy life?

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

10. What does Discussions at Tusculum discuss?

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