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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. How many principles does Cicero list that govern the performances of our obligations?
(a) 5.
(b) 6.
(c) 7.
(d) 8.

2. What is the purpose of the book "On Duties"?
(a) So people will reassess their lives.
(b) So statesmen can come to know their duties.
(c) To inspire its readers.
(d) To challenge its readers.

3. What type of interest did the Romans have towards philosophy, according to Grant?
(a) Deep and thoughtful.
(b) Deep intrigue.
(c) Slight intrigue.
(d) Superficial.

4. Who does Grant say took over power in the Roman Republic during Cicero's writing?
(a) Julius.
(b) Crassus.
(c) Caesar.
(d) Cassius.

5. What must the ruler maintain, according to Cicero?
(a) Equality before law.
(b) Balance between powers.
(c) Justice.
(d) Order.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the introduction, how did Pope Gregory I respond to Cicero's work?

2. What are external 'bads' considered to be, according to Cicero?

3. According to Cicero, what is suggested about losing one's happiness?

4. How many miles was the setting of "Discussions at Tusculum" from Cicero's home?

5. How does the book of "On Duties" begin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe why Cicero worried about the Roman republic.

3. Describe how Cicero perceived philosophy.

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

5. How was Cicero received by the public?

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

7. What did the Stoics believe made a happy life and did their belief mean?

8. When did Cicero write most of his works?

9. How did Cicero define the 'recipe' to obtain a stable regime in "On Duties"?

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

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