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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. What are the third and fourth principles concerned with, in "On Duties"?

2. What prevented a person from being happy, according to Cicero?

3. What are external goods always at risk of, according to Cicero?

4. According to the introduction, what protestant thinkers was Cicero popular among?

5. How does the book of "On Duties" begin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Cicero define the 'recipe' to obtain a stable regime in "On Duties"?

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

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

6. What does Discussions at Tusculum discuss?

7. Describe what Cicero said about justice and intelligence, in "On Duties."

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

9. How did Cicero feel about statesmanship?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe what makes people become friends, according to Laelius: on Friendship. Explain what qualities Laelius believes makes a good friend.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Cicero's popularity among the public from the time he began writing to the time he stopped. Discuss what made this change of opinion occur.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss how the role of Africanus in Chapter 3: Laelius: On Friendship and Chapter 5: The Dream of Scipio are both similar and yet different. Discuss how the role of Africanus is different from the other characters in each chapter of "On The Good Life."

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