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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. Who does Grant say took over power in the Roman Republic during Cicero's writing?
(a) Crassus.
(b) Julius.
(c) Caesar.
(d) Cassius.

2. In "On Duties," how will rulers win goodwill?
(a) With truthfulness.
(b) With wealth.
(c) With self restraint and self denial.
(d) With power and compassion.

3. 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.

4. What does Cicero emphasize in the third and fourth principles in "On Duties"?
(a) Dictators need a balance in their ruling.
(b) Expediency and rightness are connected.
(c) Love does not always prevail.
(d) Taxes are inevitable.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Cicero, what will inspire hatred in a ruler's subjects?

2. What is concluded about the achievement of moral goodness, in "Discussions at Tusculum"?

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

4. According to Grant, what did Cicero believe every human had to make them equal?

5. Who was Cicero worried about, according to the introduction?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the setting of "Discussions at Tusculum"?

2. When did Cicero write most of his works?

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

4. How was Cicero received by the public?

5. How did Cicero feel about statesmanship?

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

7. What did the Stoics believe made a happy life and did their belief mean?

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

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

10. How do wise rulers win their subjects, according to Cicero?

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