The Discourses Multiple Choice Test Questions

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Book One, The Development of Rome's Constitution, Preface, The Best Form of Government, Religion, The Transition From Servitude to Freedom

1. What was the inspiration for Machiavelli's "The Discourses"?
(a) Machiavelli's interest in forms of government.
(b) Machiavelli's fascination for power.
(c) Machiavelli's desire to guide politicians to serve the public needs.
(d) Livy's account of the history of Rome written around 25 B.C.

2. How did Machiavelli begin the preface to "The Discourses"?
(a) With advice to two friends on how to keep their friends close and their enemies closer.
(b) As a warning to future generations of the tenuous nature of freedom.
(c) As a letter to two political thinkers from Florence.
(d) As a cynical commentary to the weakness of leaders of his time.

3. From what did Machiavelli develop the information that he wrote into "The Discourses"?
(a) From interviews with political thinkers of the day.
(b) From his world travels to study governments in other cultures.
(c) From research that he did in the many libraries throughout the former Roman Empire.
(d) From long experience and continuous study of worldly affairs.

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