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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 did Cicero believe the Roman republic should behave like?
(a) "Lucid and demanding."
(b) "Elusive and free."
(c) "Strong and indestructive."
(d) "Heroes of old."

2. What is "Discussions at Tusculum" about?
(a) What happiness is.
(b) What makes a life full of quality.
(c) What makes a man happy.
(d) What makes a good life happy.

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

4. How does Cicero perceive philosophy under tyranny rule?
(a) It is a necessity.
(b) It is complicated.
(c) It is overlooked.
(d) It is a luxury.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the purpose of the book "On Duties"?

2. In "On Duties," how many feelings does Cicero say a good ruler should inspire in his subjects?

3. What does Cicero address in his work, "On Duties"?

4. According to "On Duties," how do people find theft by the state?

5. What are neutral things considered to be, according to Cicero?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Cicero's philosophy.

2. What style did Cicero write in and why?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Discussions at Tusculum discuss?

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

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

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

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