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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Cicero told the jurors that the attempt to bribe them should be taken as ______________.
(a) Evidence of corruption.
(b) A contradiction.
(c) A joke.
(d) An insult.

2. What was Verres' defense strategy?
(a) To slander Cicero.
(b) To eliminate the witnesses.
(c) To delay the trial.
(d) To prove his innocence.

3. Which of the following is another reason that Cicero gave the jurors to convict Verres in Chapter 2?
(a) The safety of the people Verres had persecuted.
(b) The safety of the witnesses against Verres.
(c) The return of the items that Verres stole.
(d) The return of the money that Verres stole.

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

5. Following his summaries of smaller points, what did Cicero say was enough to convict Verres?
(a) Emphasis.
(b) Common sense.
(c) Context.
(d) Justice.

6. How did Cicero describe the conflict between Rome and Mithridates?
(a) Long.
(b) Serious.
(c) Short.
(d) Unpredictable.

7. 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?
(a) They were underestimating it.
(b) They were worried.
(c) They were not worried.
(d) They were overestimating it.

8. In addition to a listing of the crimes Verres had committed, what else was included in Cicero's speech in Chapter 2?
(a) An attack against Verres' friends.
(b) A list of possible witnesses.
(c) An attack against defending the crimes.
(d) A list of Verres' accomplices.

9. In which year did Catiline's coup take place?
(a) 59 B.C.
(b) 63 B.C.
(c) 60 B.C.
(d) 62 B.C.

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

11. When did Cicero indicate that Catiline had been planning his death?
(a) The previous week.
(b) The previous night.
(c) The previous month.
(d) The previous year.

12. Which one of Verres' acquaintances was also implicated in the mishandled capture of a pirate captain?
(a) Archonides.
(b) Cleomenes.
(c) Aeschrio.
(d) Lyso.

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

14. How did Cicero end his final speech to Verres in Chapter 2?
(a) With a prayer.
(b) With a famous quote.
(c) With a song.
(d) With a request.

15. As Cicero explained, which region were Mithridates and Tigranes trying to conquer?
(a) Galatia.
(b) Lycia.
(c) Syria.
(d) Asia.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following best describes Pompey's military successes at the time Cicero gave his speech?

2. How many speeches were not actually given by Cicero because Verres had already gone into exile?

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

4. How did Verres make it appear as though he built a trireme?

5. Would the proposal for Pompey to command the Roman forces against Mithridates have gone through without Cicero's speech?

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