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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. According to "On Duties," how do people find theft by the state?

2. According to the introduction, how did the younger Seneca receive Cicero?

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

4. What did Cicero believe strongly about the virtues of philosophy?

5. What did Cicero believe humans cannot find peace without?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When did Cicero write most of his works?

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

4. What type of system of government did Cicero prefer in "On Duties"?

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

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

7. What was Cicero's opinion of Caesar?

8. What does Discussions at Tusculum discuss?

9. What did the Epicureans believe happiness was?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss how the theme of moral goodness and virtue recur throughout Cicero's works in "On The Good Life." Discuss how those two traits connect to each chapter.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the power of the orator in battle, to the power of a weapon in battle. Explain how the orator is most effective in holding control in a battle.

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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