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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. How does Cicero perceive philosophy under tyranny rule?

2. What did Cicero believe the Roman republic should behave like?

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

4. Which medieval thinker admired Cicero, according to Grant?

5. Who was Cicero worried about, according to the introduction?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Discussions at Tusculum discuss?

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

3. What did Cicero's work return to in "On Duties" and why?

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

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

6. What did the Epicureans believe happiness was?

7. How did Cicero contradict the entire first chapter "Discussions at Tusculum"?

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

9. What will breed resentment among a ruler's subjects?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain why Laelius places such great importance on having friends to live a decent life in Laelius: On Friendship. Discuss who Laelius believes friendship can only exist between and why.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Explain why and how Cicero refutes the Epicurean's philosophy on what makes a happy and good life. Discuss what validates the Epicurean's ideology for reaching happiness.

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