Selected Political Speeches of Cicero Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Cicero tell the Romans happened to the conspirators that had been caught?

2. How did Cicero categorize Caesar's indication that his life was measured by his own personal achievements rather than the good of the country?

3. What was the purpose of the letters that Catiline left as he was leaving the senate chamber?

4. What did some think Cicero might have been trying to maintain by giving Pro Marcello?

5. How did Catiline leave the senate chamber in Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Silanus' position during the senate's debate, and who agreed with him?

2. What did Cicero say about the senate's decision at the end of In Catilinam IV?

3. How did Cicero depict the older men that followed Catiline?

4. How did Cicero describe his exile in Chapter 8?

5. When and where did Cicero give In Catilinam III?

6. What happened to the six co-conspirators that Cicero discovered in Chapter 6?

7. How long had Cicero been exiled for before he gave Pro Marcello? What happened to Rome while he was away?

8. Why did Cicero refuse to accept a reward for saving Rome from Catiline?

9. How did Cicero end In Catilinam III, and what instructions did he give to the Romans?

10. Which one of Caesar's statements troubled Cicero in Chapter 8?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Upon the capture of Catiline's co-conspirators, the senate met to decide how to proceed with their sentencing.

1) Analyze Silanus' position and the significance of the support he had from other members of the senate.

2) Describe Caesar's suggestion and the possible political reasons he had for making it.

3) Debate both sides of the senate's discussion, the option of executing the co-conspirators vs. lifetime imprisonment.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Catiline's attack on Cicero after hearing In Catilinam I with Antonius' attack on Cicero after he refused to participate in the senate meeting. In your analysis, include the similarities and differences between Catiline and Antonius and a comparison of the way Cicero dealt with each of them.

Essay Topic 3

Verres, the corrupt governor of Sicily, was prosecuted for misleading people about his role in several events.

1) Describe the war against the slaves and how Verres misrepresented his part in it.

2) Explain how Verres deceived the people of Sicily about how a trireme in Messana was built.

3) Analyze Cicero's account of how Verres ' corruption led to the release of a pirate captain.

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