The Discourses Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book Three, The Example of Rome's Great Men, Internal Security, Equanimity, Insurrection, Confidence, Electioneering, and the Tendering of Advice, Advice to Generals in the Field.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What can be inferred of Machiavelli's view of freedom based upon reading view of weak and strong Princes?
(a) That Machiavelli is focused on keeping cities free from outside influences rather than individual freedom.
(b) That Machiavelli considered civil rights and individual liberties indispensable to the strength of a city.
(c) That Machiavelli uses the term freedom in reference to the actions of Princes only.
(d) That Machiavelli considers freedom only suited to those who can earn it or buy it.

2. Through what means does Machiavelli suggest that a City can achieve what he considers greatness?
(a) Through laws and wealth.
(b) Through love or force.
(c) Through conquest and deceit.
(d) Through fear and violence.

3. What does Machiavelli consider to be the worst example to be provided by leaders in a Republic?
(a) For leaders to choose weak captains.
(b) For leaders to make a law and refuse to observe it.
(c) For leaders to avoid harsh punishments for law breakers.
(d) For leaders to neglect the ordering of an army.

4. What does Machiavelli consider an important tool in maintaining the order of a Republic?
(a) Wars that keep the citizenry focused on supporting the City.
(b) Fear of harsh administrators.
(c) Proper administration of rewards and punishments.
(d) The ability to control the perceptions of citizens.

5. What did Machiavelli suggest is the advantage of settling in areas that were "sterile" (barren)?
(a) The poverty of resources would require those living there to have less cause for discord.
(b) Residents of sterile areas become more creative and develop technologies that can be sold to more fertile areas.
(c) Barren areas stand at crossroads between fertile areas so they can control trade between prosperous cities.
(d) The isolation from more fertile areas allow for greater freedom.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the five types of government identified by Machiavelli?

2. What does Machiavelli claim causes unity in a Republic?

3. What does Machiavelli claim comes to those Republics that are changed through the general public?

4. What does Machiavelli consider one of the most important reasons the Roman Empire was successful in expanding its borders?

5. Who was esteemed as being wise for acting foolish from Livius' history of Rome?

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