Multiple Choice Practice Sight (Prose) 1

Questions 1-21
(Suggested time—25 minutes)

Directions: Read the following selection for comprehension. This selection is followed by a number of related questions and incomplete statements. Select the best answer or completion and fill in the corresponding oval on the answer sheet.

Cicero assesses his situation under Caesar's government.

1 De illo autem, quem penes est omnis potestas, nihil video, quod
2 timeam; nisi quod omnia sunt incerta, cum a jure discessum est;
3nec praestari quidquam potest, quale futurum sit, quod positum est
4 in alterius voluntate, ne dicam libidine. Sed tamen eius ipsius nulla
5 re a me offenses est animus. Est enim adhibita in ea re ipsa summa
6 a nobis moderatio. Ut enim olim arbitrabar, esse meum libere loqui,
7 cuius opera esset in civitate libertas, sic, ea nunc amissa, nihil loqui,
8 quod offendat aut illius aut eorum, qui ab illo diliguntur, voluntatem.
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penes (+acc.): in the possession of, belonging to
discessum est: there has been a departure
praesto, -stare, -stiti, -stitum: guarantee, promise
animus,-I m.: personal desire, will
opera, -ae, f.: effort

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