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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) Confidence.
(c) Wealth.
(d) Goodwill.

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

3. According to the introduction, how did Pope Gregory I respond to Cicero's work?
(a) He burned them.
(b) He gave him high praise.
(c) He refused to ackowledge his writings.
(d) He banned his work for centuries.

4. What group was Cicero's classical background popular among?
(a) Philosphers.
(b) Humanists.
(c) Children.
(d) Nuns.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Cicero influence, according to Grant?

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

3. According to Cicero, how does he view tyrannies?

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

5. What did Cicero believe was the most divine thing in humans?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Cicero perceived philosophy.

2. What are 'preferables,' 'unpreferables,' and 'indifferents' according to the Stoics?

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

4. Describe Cicero's philosophy.

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

6. Describe what the series of arguments in "On Duties" discusses.

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

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

9. Of those listed in the introduction, what were some of the opinions the various author's had of Cicero?

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

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