On the Good Life Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 was the most divine thing in humans?

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

3. In "Discussions at Tusculum," what do the Stoics argue is necessary to be happy?

4. According to Cicero, in "On Duties," what does he feel is more effective in inspiring confidence?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how Cicero perceived philosophy.

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

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

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

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

7. What was Cicero's opinion of Caesar?

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

9. Describe why Cicero worried about the Roman republic.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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."

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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