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. How did Cicero explain that the death penalty for the conspirators would not be illegal?

2. According to some interpretations, how was Cicero trying to cause the return of republican liberties with his Pro Marcello speech?

3. How many of Catiline's co-conspirators managed to escape after Cicero ordered them to be brought to him?

4. Why did Caesar think that the death penalty should not be applied to the conspirators?

5. Although the crisis was still active when Cicero gave his speech to the Romans in Chapter 6, when did he say it would be over?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Catiline respond to In Catilinam I?

2. What were the differences between the two types of debtors that followed Catiline?

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

4. What were some of the reasons why Cicero might have decided to give Pro Marcello?

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

6. What was the theory about Caesar's position at the senate debate and his political ambitions?

7. What removed any doubt of Catiline's guilt, and how did Cicero collect evidence against him?

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

9. How did Cicero refute the claim that executing the co-conspirators was illegal?

10. Which of Caesar's accomplishments did Cicero reference in Pro Marcello?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the four major qualities of a military commander that Cicero wrote about in De imperio Cn. Pompei. Include specific examples of how and why Pompey represented these qualities and earned Cicero's support.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the six different groups of followers that Catiline had that Cicero spoke about in his speech, In Catilinam II. Which groups posed the biggest threat to Rome? Which groups were the least dangerous? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Hortensius was a well known lawyer during Cicero's time, and the two were rivals on more than one occasion.

1) Describe Hortensius' background, his reputation, and what he was known for.

2) Explain at least two different circumstances in which Cicero and Hortensius were political opponents.

3) Analyze Cicero's advice to Hortensius at the end of In Verrem II.5 and what Cicero was trying to accomplish by addressing Hortensius directly.

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