Cicero and His Rise Up The Cursus Honorum

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A-Level Classics (Guide Sheet A) Quiz on Cicero and His Rise Up The Cursus Honorum, created by Amy Le Grys on 01/03/2016.

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Question 1

Cicero started with a disadvantage in politics because he was an [blank_start]Equites[blank_end] or in the middle class. Due to this he did not have the [blank_start]patron/client network[blank_end] which allowed the other senators to gain votes. The [blank_start]patron/client network[blank_end] was when the rich upper class helped the poor during hard times by giving food or money, this then ensured that the client was loyal to the patron who could then [blank_start]count on their vote[blank_end] or voted for who they were told to vote for. Cicero was [blank_start]not part of this patron/client network[blank_end]. Also for the past 100 years [blank_start]20 families had ruled Rome[blank_end] and Cicero was not in one of these families. These Optimates made sure that getting into politics outside of these families was virtually impossible, when Cicero did get in he was [blank_start]labeled as a new man[blank_end], meaning that he is the first person [blank_start]in his family to enter the senate[blank_end]..
  • Equites
  • patron/client network
  • count on their vote
  • not part of this patron/client network
  • 20 families had ruled Rome
  • labeled as a new man
  • in his family to enter the senate
  • patron/client network

Question 2

Cicero made his speech against Verres in 80 BC
  • True
  • False

Question 3

In what year was he made Aedile?
  • 63
  • 75
  • 69
  • 66

Question 4

Cicero was made: [blank_start]Quaestor[blank_end] in [blank_start]75 BC[blank_end] and was stationed in [blank_start]Sicily.[blank_end] [blank_start]Aedile[blank_end] in [blank_start]69 BC[blank_end] where he got [blank_start]cheap grain from Sicily[blank_end] which [blank_start]lowered the price of bread[blank_end] in Rome. [blank_start]Praetor[blank_end] in [blank_start]66 BC[blank_end] and he got [blank_start]more votes than any other candidate[blank_end]. During this time he also got [blank_start]Pompey the command job in Asia[blank_end] [blank_start]Consul[blank_end] in [blank_start]63 BC[blank_end] when he defeated the [blank_start]revolutionist Catiline[blank_end] and [blank_start]prevented him from taking over Rome[blank_end].
  • Quaestor
  • 75 BC
  • Sicily
  • Aedile
  • 69 BC
  • cheap grain from Sicily
  • lowered the price of bread
  • Praetor
  • 66 BC
  • more votes than any other candidate
  • Pompey the command job in Asia
  • Consul
  • 63 BC
  • revolutionist Catiline
  • prevented him from taking over Rome

Question 5

What were the reasons that Pompey didn't like Cicero when he returned from Asia?
  • He didn't want the job in Asia
  • Jealousy of Cicero as he wasn't getting as much regonitsion for what he did in Asia as he would have liked
  • He wasn't happy with Cicero as consul
  • Pompey supported Rullus while Cicero did not
  • Pompey didn't like the people who Cicero was with
  • Pompey believed that Cicero had not kept his name alive in the senate

Question 6

What was the Concordia Ordinum?
  • The joining of the equites and optimates.
  • Gave total control to the optimates.
  • The optimates and the populares were united by a common cause.

Question 7

What did the Concordia Ordinum do and when was it created?
  • Divided the country and almost started a civil war
  • Enabled two different view points and ideas to meet in the middle.
  • Created in 63 BC
  • Created in 49 BC

Question 8

The Bona Dea Trial in [blank_start]62 BC[blank_end] surrounded a man named [blank_start]Clodius[blank_end] who was generally believed to be a mad man. He was in the top 20 families as held prestige in the senate as 12 generations had been consul and he was aligned [blank_start]Pompey[blank_end]. Bona Dea or Good Goddess was the goddess of [blank_start]Women and Healing[blank_end] and to be worshiped by females only. She was also responsible for the [blank_start]protection of Rome[blank_end] so her festival was extremely important. Clodius however disguised himself as a female and got into the temple, however he was discovered and tried in a court where the judges were [blank_start]equites[blank_end]. [blank_start]Cicero[blank_end] himself gave evidence against Clodius and was able to prove that he was in Rome during the time of the festival. He was [blank_start]acquitted[blank_end] due to the [blank_start]high levels of bribery[blank_end] running throughout the court and every one knew what had happened. This was the [blank_start]end of the Concordia Ordinum.[blank_end]
  • 62 BC
  • 61 BC
  • Clodius
  • Rullus
  • Pompey
  • Caesar
  • Women and Healing
  • War and Victory
  • protection of Rome
  • success of the senate
  • equites
  • optimates
  • Cicero
  • Atticus
  • acquitted
  • prosecuted
  • high levels of bribery
  • honesty of the judges
  • end of the Concordia Ordinum.
  • beginning of a better age of Rome.

Question 9

What did the populares want?
  • Social reform which would be disliked in the senate
  • They were frightened of power developing outside their circles
  • Didn't want Pompey to have the command in Asia
  • Wanted to pass laws in popular assemblies rather than the senate
  • Cancel debts and give land to the homeless

Question 10

What side of the senate was Cicero on?
  • Optimates
  • Populares
  • Known as a Popularis Consul but considered safe by the Optimates
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