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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What is the one thing that could have possibly spared Verres?
(a) The length of time he spent in the military.
(b) The number of times he was wounded in battle.
(c) His donation of several key military weapons.
(d) His military reputation.

4. Did Cicero say that the region Verres governed could be restored to its previous state?
(a) Yes.
(b) Only parts of it could be restored.
(c) No.
(d) Most of it could be restored.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Cicero say that Catiline should have been killed by the Roman consul?

2. Why did Verres choose to flee into exile?

3. Where was Cicero's first speech against Catiline given?

4. 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?

5. What is the last thing that Cicero mentioned to prove Verres' lack of participation in the war against runaway slaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the senate losing patience with Catiline, and what outraged Cicero at the beginning of In Catilinam I?

2. How did Cicero include the past history of Rome to inspire the Roman citizens in Chapter 3?

3. Which reasons did Cicero give for Catiline to go into exile in Chapter 4?

4. What did Verres do with a captured pirate captain that angered the people of Sicily?

5. What events led to the Catlinarians given by Cicero?

6. What was Cicero's assessment of the war with Mithridates in his speech for Pompey?

7. What did Cicero tell the senate, Catiline, and the traitors at the end of In Catilinam I?

8. What are some of the reasons why Cicero gave a speech endorsing Pompey?

9. What reasons were given for why Cicero could not arrest or execute Catiline at the time he gave In Catilinam I?

10. How did Cicero respond to the accusation that Catiline should have already been executed in Chapter 4?

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