The Discourses Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book Two, The Growth of Rome's Empire, The Army, Its Discipline and Component Parts, The Administration of Conquered Territory and Other Problems Which Admit of No Middle Course, Mistakes Often Made in Connection With War, Rome's Dealings With Neighboring.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Machiavelli, what is the first thing that Citizens seek when starting on the path of chasing their ambitions?
(a) A cause that will incite the passions of the general masses.
(b) Not to be harmed by citizens or magistrates.
(c) Means to win access to public office.
(d) The support of a wealthy Noble.

2. What is a Prince as Machiavelli uses the term?
(a) An underling to the ruling authority.
(b) A dispatched bureaucrat that carries out orders over a territory.
(c) A monarch over a sovereign system of government and territory.
(d) A hereditary noble.

3. Why does Machiavelli suggest that those who have received great rewards should not be spared punishments for acting badly?
(a) Because doing so helps to find the most ardent supporters of the Prince.
(b) Because doing so helps the Republic remain free for a long time.
(c) Because doing so keeps the most famous citizens obedient to the Prince.
(d) Because doing so gives the Prince the opportunity to prove his harshness.

4. What should the reader consider as evil when Machiavelli is advising Princes to "recognize evils".
(a) Evil is those human inclinations that cause them to act selfishly.
(b) Evil is those public reactions that oppose the Prince.
(c) Evil should be considered to be any influence which challenges the power of the Prince.
(d) Evil is anything with which a Prince does not agree.

5. How does Machiavelli suggest that Princes and other leaders deal with acts that offend their citizens?
(a) Increase their power and penalties for crimes and scare the Citizens into submission and acceptance.
(b) Distract the Citizens by making war against a nearby province.
(c) Make the offense quickly then act to reassure them and give them cause to quiet and firm their spirits.
(d) Increase taxes on the wealthy and use the money in ways that benefit the general masses.

Short Answer Questions

1. What historical records did Machiavelli use to support his point for keeping two important items out of peril?

2. What does Machiavelli suggest as the intention to make war?

3. What were the "demonstrations made to the benefit" of Plebes that Machiavelli reported were taken by Roman Nobility in Book 1, Section 52?

4. What does Machiavelli identify as tactics the Citizen seeking not to be harmed uses?

5. What does Machiavelli consider prudence in a Prince or a King?

(see the answer key)

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