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

2. In "Discussions at Tusculum," what do the Stoics argue is necessary to be happy?
(a) To be old.
(b) To be morally good.
(c) To be young.
(d) To be rich.

3. How many miles was the setting of "Discussions at Tusculum" from Cicero's home?
(a) 16 miles.
(b) 13 miles.
(c) 15 miles.
(d) 100 miles.

4. What were the followers of Aristotle called?
(a) Aristotle's followers.
(b) Aristotlians.
(c) Peripatetics.
(d) Aristocracy's.

5. What is concluded about the achievement of moral goodness, in "Discussions at Tusculum"?
(a) It is unessecary.
(b) It is indifferent to happiness.
(c) It is necessary.
(d) It is the only way to achieve happiness.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Cicero believe strongly about the virtues of philosophy?

2. Where did Cicero retire during the transition of power in the Roman republic, according to Grant's introduction?

3. Who does Cicero compare Dionysius to?

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

5. What dictatorships does Cicero oppose in "On Duties"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what the orator must do when giving a speech.

2. What happens as the dream opens, in "The Dream of Scipio"?

3. What is Scipio's connection to God?

4. Describe how "On the Orator" ends.

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

6. When was "Laelius: On Friendship" written?

7. What style did Cicero write in and why?

8. What does Discussions at Tusculum discuss?

9. What was Cicero's opinion of Caesar?

10. What is the purpose of the spheres of the planets, in "The Dream of Scipio"?

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