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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. According to "Discussions at Tusculum," why are evil people always miserable?
(a) They are not morally good.
(b) They are selfish.
(c) They do not have friends.
(d) They do not have good lives.

2. According to the introduction, what is Cicero NOT?
(a) Dogmatic.
(b) Trustworthy.
(c) Spirtual.
(d) Eager.

3. What did an ancient ethical view believe was necessary for happiness?
(a) Being true to oneself.
(b) Friends.
(c) Stability.
(d) Being positive.

4. What are external 'bads' considered to be, according to Cicero?
(a) Preferables.
(b) Necessary to happiness.
(c) Unpreferables.
(d) Indifferents.

5. In "On Duties," which book is only reproduced in this particular selection of readings?
(a) Book II.
(b) Book I.
(c) Book III.
(d) Book IV.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. In "Discussions at Tusculum," what do the Stoics argue is necessary to be happy?

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

5. What are external goods always at risk of, according to Cicero?

Short Essay Questions

1. When did Cicero write most of his works?

2. Describe Cicero's philosophy.

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

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

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

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

7. What style did Cicero write in and why?

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

9. What did the Epicureans believe happiness was?

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

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