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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the introduction, what is Cicero NOT?

2. What does Cicero address in his work, "On Duties"?

3. What did Cicero resist being identified with, according to Grant?

4. What did Cicero believe humans cannot find peace without?

5. In "On Duties," how many feelings does Cicero say a good ruler should inspire in his subjects?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what Cicero insinuated about Caesar, in "On Duties".

2. What does Discussions at Tusculum discuss?

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

4. Describe how Cicero perceived philosophy.

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

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

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

8. How did Cicero feel about statesmanship?

9. When did Cicero write most of his works?

10. What is the universe made up of, according to "The Dream of Scipio"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how The Dream of Scipio is unlike any other chapter of "On The Good Life" then compare and contrast how The Dream of Scipio connects to the book's overall theme of virtue and moral goodness.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the power of the orator in battle, to the power of a weapon in battle. Explain how the orator is most effective in holding control in a battle.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss how the theme of moral goodness and virtue recur throughout Cicero's works in "On The Good Life." Discuss how those two traits connect to each chapter.

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