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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. What did an ancient ethical view believe was necessary for happiness?
(a) Stability.
(b) Being true to oneself.
(c) Being positive.
(d) Friends.

2. What or whom does Michael Grant, the author of the introduction, introduce?
(a) Himself.
(b) Greek philosophy.
(c) Marcus Tullius Cicero.
(d) Roman philosophy.

3. According to the introduction, what is Cicero NOT?
(a) Spirtual.
(b) Trustworthy.
(c) Eager.
(d) Dogmatic.

4. According to the introduction, who did Cicero criticize?
(a) Romans that were too "hellenized."
(b) Greeks.
(c) Romans.
(d) The church.

5. How does the book of "On Duties" begin?
(a) With a quote.
(b) With the argument that being morally good provides knowledge to our duties.
(c) With a summary of facts.
(d) With a description of its setting.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is "Discussions at Tusculum" about?

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

3. What does Cicero emphasize in the third and fourth principles in "On Duties"?

4. In what period did Cicero gain great fame?

5. In "On Duties," what will wise rulers win from their subjects?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How was Cicero received by the public?

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

4. What does Discussions at Tusculum discuss?

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

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

7. What did the Epicureans believe happiness was?

8. What are the intellectual goods that bring happiness, according to "Discussions at Tusculum"?

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

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

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