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 does Machiavelli identify as an important action for Nobles to take to control the ambitions of Citizens seeking position?
(a) Have them kidnapped and killed.
(b) Forestall their paths to attain the rank they seek.
(c) Find ways to bring the ambitious Citizens into Noble circles to keep them under watch and compromise their influence.
(d) Find ways to have them sent to war.

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

3. What does Machiavelli believe will come of agreements made by force?
(a) They will lead to the overthrow of he who has the power to enforce them.
(b) They aid to enhance the power of the Prince.
(c) The will lead to the capture of those who are under the power.
(d) They will not last.

4. What does Machiavelli believe to be important to extending the life of what he calls "mixed bodies" (Republics and Sects)?
(a) Staying in a continual state of war.
(b) Returning to their original principles.
(c) Keeping turmoil alive between common masses.
(d) Providing the means from the state to keep them secure.

5. How does Machiavelli predict a citizen will conduct himself if he is not punished for his misdeeds because of his reputation for doing good deeds, according to Machiavelli.
(a) He will, in short time, become so insolent as to put an end to all civil law.
(b) He will eventually become overwhelmed by his conscience and slip away into obscurity.
(c) He will find ways to subvert the Prince and take his power.
(d) He will become the most effective aide to the Prince and help expand his power over the citizens.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Machiavelli in Section 1 of Book One, who are the two types of people who build cities?

2. According to Machiavelli, what is the sign of a truly powerful Republic?

3. Of what is Machiavelli critical regarding the military tactics of his day?

4. How long did Sparta peacefully exist without changing its laws, according to Machiavelli?

5. According to Machiavelli, what was one negative consequence of the Roman Senate's decision to pay soldiers out of public money?

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