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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Cicero accuse Verres of doing with the witnesses of the corrupt trials he ran?
(a) Killing them.
(b) Refusing to allow them to testify.
(c) Exiling them.
(d) Erasing their testimonies.

2. According to Cicero's opening of his first speech against Verres, who despised the jurors?
(a) The people.
(b) Verres.
(c) The consul.
(d) The praetor.

3. In Cicero's opinion, what made further conflict inevitable for the Roman people in Chapter 3?
(a) The loss of funds for the Roman military.
(b) The reduction in funds for the Roman military.
(c) The disbanding of some Roman forces.
(d) The disappearance of some Rome forces.

4. If Verres was not convicted, what did Cicero think would happen in the judicial system?
(a) There would be an upheaval.
(b) There would be challenges to the decision.
(c) There would be vicious acts against the decision.
(d) There would be silence.

5. When did Mithridates acquire the territories he controlled during the time of Cicero's speech in Chapter 3?
(a) During his alliance with Rome.
(b) Before his alliance with Rome.
(c) Both before and after his alliance with Rome.
(d) After his alliance with Rome.

6. Besides being a criminal, what was it about Verres that Cicero thought had to be put down?
(a) His rudeness.
(b) His hypocrisy.
(c) His audacity.
(d) His arrogance.

7. Tigranes was from ____________.
(a) Parthia.
(b) Pisidia.
(c) Cyrenaica.
(d) Armenia.

8. Which one of the following did Cicero thank for protecting the people against Catiline's treachery?
(a) Neptune.
(b) Mars.
(c) Jupiter.
(d) Saturn.

9. Which type of speech were the speeches against Verres considered?
(a) Only political.
(b) Political and judicial.
(c) Neither political nor judicial.
(d) Only judicial.

10. Which revolt did Cicero reference in order to prove his case against Verres?
(a) Alesa.
(b) Demena.
(c) Triocala.
(d) Triracia.

11. What did Cicero say was the response to Catiline still being alive in Chapter 4?
(a) Silence.
(b) Sadness.
(c) Confusion.
(d) Outrage.

12. What did Cicero promise to the jurors at the end of his first speech against Verres?
(a) To be creative in his attempts to prosecute.
(b) To present an indefensible prosecution.
(c) Not to use any tricky legal moves.
(d) Not to be late for the hearings.

13. How many galleys did Heracleo sail around the coast to taunt the people?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) Five.

14. What was the goal of the coup that Catiline attempted?
(a) To unseat Cicero from consul.
(b) To threaten other regions.
(c) To get Cicero exiled.
(d) To take control of Rome.

15. When did Verres serve as governor?
(a) 74-72 B.C.
(b) 70-68 B.C.
(c) 73-71 B.C.
(d) 71-69 B.C.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Cicero think that Verres committed crimes against the citizens of Rome?

2. Why was Cicero not able to execute Catiline?

3. How did Cicero intend for Rome to fight the second war in his speech for Pompey in Chapter 3?

4. When did the first hearing against Verres take place?

5. Based on what Cicero said in his speech, how did many people feel about the possibility that Verres could use bribery to cause an acquittal?

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