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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. In "On Duties," what will wise rulers win from their subjects?
(a) Respect.
(b) Fear.
(c) Love.
(d) Affection.

2. What does Cicero address in his work, "On Duties"?
(a) Grief.
(b) Happiness.
(c) Political life.
(d) Friendship.

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

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

5. According to the introduction, what type of writing style did Cicero sometimes write in?
(a) Poetic.
(b) Dialogue.
(c) Essay.
(d) Journal.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "On Duties," which book is only reproduced in this particular selection of readings?

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

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

4. What were the followers of Aristotle called?

5. What is "Discussions at Tusculum" about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe why Cicero worried about the Roman republic.

3. Describe Cicero's philosophy.

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

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

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

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

8. Describe what the series of arguments in "On Duties" discusses.

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

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

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