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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 did Cicero argue is the cure for misfortune?

2. According to Grant, what did Cicero believe every human had to make them equal?

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

4. According to the introduction, who did Cicero criticize?

5. Where did Cicero retire during the transition of power in the Roman republic, according to Grant's introduction?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How was Cicero received by the public?

4. Describe what the series of arguments in "On Duties" discusses.

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

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

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

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

9. What style did Cicero write in and why?

10. How did Cicero feel about statesmanship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and explain the effectiveness and purpose of the writing style of On the Orator. Discuss how this writing style is supportive of the subject being discussed.

Essay Topic 2

Explain where the dialogue of Laelius: On Friendship came from and when it was written. Discuss why this information is important to Cicero personally and discuss how it effects the authenticity of the work.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and explain which of Cicero's works in "On The Good Life" are a response to Caesar and his rule. Discuss how Cicero feels about Caesar's dictatorial role.

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