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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 believe strongly about the virtues of philosophy?

2. How does the argument in "Discussions at Tusculum" begin?

3. According to the introduction, what type of writing style did Cicero sometimes write in?

4. According to the introduction, how did Pope Gregory I respond to Cicero's work?

5. What type of interest did the Romans have towards philosophy, according to Grant?

Short Essay Questions

1. What should people look for in friend according to "Laelius: On Friendship"?

2. Where does Scipio go in his dream in Chapter 5?

3. Describe what "Laelius: On Friendship" discusses and who the speakers are.

4. What does Africanus encourage Scipio to do at the end of his dream?

5. What did the Greeks believe made a happy life?

6. What is the purpose of the spheres of the planets, in "The Dream of Scipio"?

7. What did the Stoics believe made a happy life and did their belief mean?

8. Describe what sharing does in relation to friendship, according to "Laelius: On Friendship" .

9. When was "Laelius: On Friendship" written?

10. What happens as the dream opens, in "The Dream of Scipio"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss what qualities Cicero outlines a good and effective ruler needs to have. Explain how Cicero's outline is a direct response to the condition of the governmental rule of the time in which Cicero writes.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how each chapter of "On The Good Life" supports Cicero's own lifestyle and opinion of living. Discuss if you think Cicero lived the life of goodwill and virtue he suggests and outlines for his readers to be able to reach "the good life."

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