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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. In what period did Cicero gain great fame?
(a) Just after his death.
(b) The Renaissance.
(c) The Dark Ages.
(d) 200 years after his death.

2. According to Cicero, how was the Stoics view counter-intuitive?
(a) It denounces material importance.
(b) It denounces relationship importance.
(c) This view suggests one can be happy with no external or bodily goods.
(d) It contradicts Cicero's opinions.

3. What group believed happiness is the enjoyment of pleasure and the avoidance of pain?
(a) Epicureans.
(b) French.
(c) Roman's.
(d) Greek's.

4. What does the Greek philosophy believe about the good life, according to "Discussions at Tusculum"?
(a) The good life is a rich life.
(b) The good life means to have friends.
(c) The good life is a happy life.
(d) The good life is expensive.

5. How does Cicero describe what philosophy's method does in "Discussions at Tusculum"?
(a) A release.
(b) Intense and though provoking.
(c) Freedom from one's pain and suffering.
(d) Challenging to its thinker.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is concluded about the achievement of moral goodness, in "Discussions at Tusculum"?

2. How does Cicero perceive philosophy under tyranny rule?

3. What are the contents of the book "On Duties" applicable to?

4. What are external goods merely considered to be by Cicero?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe when the dialogue of "On the Orator" took place and the importance of the work.

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

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

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

5. What does Discussions at Tusculum discuss?

6. What was oratory considered in the ancient world?

7. Describe the willingness a friend should have, according to "Laelius: On Friendship."

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

9. What did the Epicureans believe happiness was?

10. What did the Greeks believe made a happy life?

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