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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Would the proposal for Pompey to command the Roman forces against Mithridates have gone through without Cicero's speech?
(a) It is unknown.
(b) Not likely.
(c) Most likely.
(d) Only if Cicero gave an endorsement without a speech.

2. Where was Cicero's first speech against Catiline given?
(a) At Cicero's house.
(b) At Catiline's house.
(c) Outside.
(d) In the Senate.

3. What did Verres apparently do when the people protested his treatment of the pirate captain?
(a) He threatened them.
(b) He attempted to bribe them.
(c) He gave them an invented excuse.
(d) He ignored them.

4. Why did Cicero think that Verres committed crimes against the citizens of Rome?
(a) Amusement.
(b) Cicero did not say.
(c) Greed.
(d) Revenge.

5. As Cicero stated in his first speech against Verres, what would a failure to convict cause?
(a) A rejection of suspicions.
(b) A confirmation of suspicions.
(c) A confirmation of apathy.
(d) A rejection of apathy.

6. How did Cicero intend for Rome to fight the second war in his speech for Pompey in Chapter 3?
(a) With the same intelligence as the first.
(b) Beyond the rigor of the first.
(c) In a more intelligent way than the first.
(d) With the same rigor of the first.

7. According to what Cicero told Hortensius, the opposing counsel, in Chapter 2, what did Hortensius owe Verres?
(a) Everything.
(b) His life.
(c) Money.
(d) Nothing.

8. How many letters did Cicero write in condemnation against Catiline and his followers?
(a) Four.
(b) Five.
(c) Three.
(d) Two.

9. Which word was used to represent a legal speech in describing Cicero's speeches against Verres?
(a) Ratified.
(b) Juristic.
(c) Forensic.
(d) Juridicial.

10. How did the people respond to the verdicts of the corrupt trials that Verres ran?
(a) They were sad.
(b) They were horrified.
(c) They were silent.
(d) They were confused.

11. How many speeches were not actually given by Cicero because Verres had already gone into exile?
(a) Five.
(b) Two.
(c) Eight.
(d) Seven.

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

13. Why was Cicero not able to execute Catiline?
(a) Bribed officials.
(b) Lack of evidence.
(c) Popular pressures.
(d) Misplaced doubt.

14. What did Cicero insist must be destroyed in order to win the war in Chapter 3?
(a) The threat of defeat.
(b) The cost of surrender.
(c) The price of resignation.
(d) The possibility of disgrace.

15. When did Cicero say that Catiline should have been killed by the Roman consul?
(a) One day ago.
(b) A short time ago.
(c) A long time ago.
(d) Two days ago.

Short Answer Questions

1. What office did Cicero have when he made the speech for Pompey in Chapter 3?

2. What type of speech did Cicero give for Pompey in Chapter 3?

3. Which hearing was Verres convicted at after he failed to appear?

4. After making his initial point against Verres, what type of attacks did Cicero launch against Verres' actions and character in Chapter 1?

5. When did Mithridates acquire the territories he controlled during the time of Cicero's speech in Chapter 3?

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