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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. After making his initial point against Verres, what type of attacks did Cicero launch against Verres' actions and character in Chapter 1?
(a) Intense.
(b) Ambiguous.
(c) Humorous.
(d) Lengthy.

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

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

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

5. Since Cicero could not likely speak against anyone else in the senate the way he had spoken of Catiline, whose respect did Catiline lose?
(a) The senate.
(b) His followers.
(c) The people of other regions.
(d) The Roman citizens.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What did Cicero promise to the jurors at the end of his first speech against Verres?

3. When did Cicero indicate that Catiline had been planning his death?

4. What did Cicero cite as an example to support his theory that executing Catiline would have hurt the unity of the country?

5. What did Cicero urge the Roman people to consider about the war in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Cicero end In Verrum II?

2. Who opposed the election of Pompey, and how did Cicero address their concerns in his speech?

3. What did Cicero say about Sicily and Verres' actions in Sicily in Chapter 1?

4. Which other pieces of evidence against Verres did Cicero include in Chapter 1?

5. What was the concern about Verres and his connections within the Roman courts?

6. How did Cicero attack Hortensius at the end of In Verrum I?

7. As Cicero explained in his speech, what was at stake in the war against Mithridates?

8. What points did Cicero make about Verres' treatment of Roman citizens in Sicily?

9. How was Verres' role in the war against the slaves misinterpreted?

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

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