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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 Cicero compare Dionysius to?
(a) Plato and Plutarch.
(b) Dante and Plato.
(c) Plato and Archimedes.
(d) Petrach and Archimedes.

2. Who is the discussion between, in "Discussions at Tusculum"?
(a) Cicero and a friend.
(b) Cicero and Caesar.
(c) Cicero and his dad.
(d) Cicero and Dante.

3. According to the Stoics, what was the faculty that was unique to humans?
(a) Thought.
(b) Reason.
(c) Emotions.
(d) Rational.

4. What does much of Cicero's writing contain, according to Grant?
(a) Greek philosophy.
(b) Challenges to the public.
(c) Prayers.
(d) Roman philosphy.

5. According to Cicero, in "On Duties," which of the following will NOT inspire a good ruler's subjects?
(a) Respect of high office.
(b) Confidence.
(c) Wealth.
(d) Goodwill.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "On Duties," how will rulers win goodwill?

2. According to the introduction, what protestant thinkers was Cicero popular among?

3. Which medieval thinker admired Cicero, according to Grant?

4. What did Cicero believe humans cannot find peace without?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Discussions at Tusculum discuss?

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

3. What was Cicero's opinion of Caesar?

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

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

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

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

8. What will breed resentment among a ruler's subjects?

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

10. Describe why Cicero worried about the Roman republic.

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