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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 the Roman republic should behave like?

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

3. What did Stoics still think was preferable even if it did not add to happiness?

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

5. How does the book of "On Duties" begin?

Short Essay Questions

1. When did Cicero write most of his works?

2. Describe Cicero's philosophy.

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

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

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

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

7. What are the intellectual goods that bring happiness, according to "Discussions at Tusculum"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Cicero's philosophy in comparison to the Greek's philosophy. Discuss how they are similar and how they differ.

Essay Topic 2

Explain and discuss the paradox of pleasure and pain that comes from having friendship, according to Laelius: On Friendship. Discuss how both pain and pleasure are unavoidable in friendship.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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