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. Why does Machiavelli claim that Princes should not complain of faults of People under their authority?
(a) Because the People will become indignant of the criticism.
(b) Because such faults result either from their negligence or because they are stained by similar faults.
(c) Because the insults will encourage conspiracy.
(d) Because doing so will blind the Prince to conspiracy.

2. What does Machiavelli consider to be the means of someone rising from the bottom to gain a great fortune?
(a) Diligence and humility.
(b) Hard work and creativity.
(c) Force and fraud.
(d) Deceit and self preservation.

3. What kinds of men are frowned upon in corrupt Republics?
(a) Vocal men.
(b) Scribes.
(c) Common men.
(d) Excellent men.

4. What method of dealing with leaders of tumults that divide cities does Machiavelli favor?
(a) Taking the women into slavery.
(b) Conscripting combatants into the military.
(c) Killing the leaders of tumults.
(d) Dividing the City's wealth among the factions.

5. How does Machiavelli suggest that a man with power should present himself to a city in turmoil?
(a) "Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness."
(b) "Beauty is power; a smile is its sword."
(c) "The man of power should present himself with cold ruthlessness and avoid any show of sentimentality."
(d) "...(W)ith as much grace and as honorably as he can, attiring himself with the insignia of his rank which he holds in order to make himself more revered."

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Machiavelli claim that the rule of the Caesars was preferable to the regime of the Decemvirs?

2. What, according to Machiavelli, determines whether or not a Republic falls into tyranny.

3. What does Machiavelli name as the reason that good men cannot accomplish good for his country?

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

5. What does Machiavelli recommend as the three ways to restore a divided city?

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