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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. Where was Cicero going when he wrote the second letter?

2. What will stop Cicero's fight against wicked men?

3. With whom does Cicero say Rome could be at war?

4. What are Cicero feelings about Pompey's decision to go against Caesar?

5. In the seventeenth letter, what is Cicero's opinion of Brutus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Cicero writing about in the seventh letter?

2. What news does Cicero send Atticus in the sixteenth letter?

3. According to Cicero, what is the first thing Verres did when he came back from Sicily?

4. What did Cicero tell Pompey in the first letter of Cicero's Life and Letters, Selection from his Correspondence?

5. What concern does Cicero express in his second letter?

6. What are the names of Cicero's wife and children?

7. How does Cicero's opinion of Brutus change between the sixteenth and twenty-first letter?

8. In the twelfth letter, what does Cicero say about the death of Caesar?

9. What did Cicero learn from trustworthy sources concerning his candidacy to aedile, according to his eighth argument?

10. What does Cicero complain about in the fourth letter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cicero examines the fallacy of pleasure and maintains that receiving pleasure involves wrongdoing. Cicero maintains that getting pleasure can never be to one's advantage if it is still wrong. Analyze his main argument of the book, that nothing against the right can benefit someone. Students may use the text and secondary sources to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

The Selected Works of Cicero gives significant information about Cicero's life as a writer, statesman, orator, and philosopher. In an essay, discuss the significance of Cicero's political career in Rome. Use quotes from the book to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

A Practical Code of Behavior discusses how moral right proceeds practice and examines how philosophy is both fruitful and rewarding. Examine the practical code with respect to moral obligation. Why can't the right conflict? Provide examples from the book to support your discussion.

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