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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. Where is the setting of "Discussions at Tusculum"?

2. Why is statesmanship destroyed, according to "On Duties"?

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

4. According to Cicero in "On Duties," what do men need?

5. According to Cicero, what can one NOT be without being intelligent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the Stoics believe about the death of a friend?

2. What do great orators possess, according to "On the Orator"?

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

4. What was Cicero's opinion of Caesar?

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

6. Describe when the dialogue of "On the Orator" took place and the importance of the work.

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

8. According to "Laelius: On Friendship," what makes the best friendship?

9. What is the greatest danger of a friendship, according to "Laelius: On Friendship"?

10. Describe the willingness a friend should have, according to "Laelius: On Friendship."

Essay 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

Compare and contrast the differences of Crassus' and Scaevola's opinion of what they believe makes a good orator. Explain how Scaevola disproves Crassus' opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss Cicero's beliefs on human rights. Explain what he felt existed in all people that made them equal.

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