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) Livy's account of the history of Rome written around 25 B.C.
(c) Machiavelli's desire to guide politicians to serve the public needs.
(d) Machiavelli's fascination for power.
2. How did Machiavelli begin the preface to "The Discourses"?
(a) As a warning to future generations of the tenuous nature of freedom.
(b) As a cynical commentary to the weakness of leaders of his time.
(c) As a letter to two political thinkers from Florence.
(d) With advice to two friends on how to keep their friends close and their enemies closer.
3. From what did Machiavelli develop the information that he wrote into "The Discourses"?
(a) From research that he did in the many libraries throughout the former Roman Empire.
(b) From his world travels to study governments in other cultures.
(c) From interviews with political thinkers of the day.
(d) From long experience and continuous study of worldly affairs.
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