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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, how does he view tyrannies?
(a) Needed.
(b) Unstable.
(c) Unnecessary.
(d) Stable.

2. Who was Cicero worried about, according to the introduction?
(a) The Roman republic.
(b) His own health.
(c) The Greek republic.
(d) His mother's health.

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

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

5. According to Grant, what did Cicero believe every human had to make them equal?
(a) A common ancestry.
(b) A spark of divinity.
(c) Love.
(d) A common bond.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Stoics still think was preferable even if it did not add to happiness?

2. What happens once virtue is acquired, according to Cicero?

3. What must men have to resolve conflict, according to Cicero in "On Duties"?

4. According to the introduction, how did the younger Seneca receive Cicero?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Discussions at Tusculum discuss?

3. Tell why Cicero didn't identify with one type of philosophical school.

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

5. Describe how Cicero perceived philosophy.

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

7. Describe Cicero's philosophy.

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

9. What was Cicero's opinion of Caesar?

10. How did Cicero popularize many ideas and with whom?

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