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. Against whom are conspiracies made?
(a) Princes and countries.
(b) Citizens and Plebs.
(c) Captains and Kings.
(d) Republics and Senates.

2. Reviewing earlier chapters of "The Discourses", why would Machiavelli consider long wars in foreign lands important?
(a) Because Machiavelli suggested long wars helped to keep Republics united.
(b) Because long wars assures that poverty will be maintained for everyone in the Republic.
(c) Because Machiavelli considers fighting wars and building empires to be signs of virtuous leaders.
(d) Because long wars give Nobles an opportunity for Nobles to encourage Plebes to perform glorious works for the Republic.

3. What did Machiavelli identify as the cause of conspiracy against a hereditary Princes?
(a) The larger population of citizens became unhappy with the the political preferences of the Princes.
(b) The general population became dissatisfied with the distribution of wealth.
(c) They degenerated from their fathers, and surpassed others in sumptuousness and lasciviousness and in every other kind of delight.
(d) Less powerful people desired the power of the Prince.

4. According to Machiavelli, how did the Nobles of Rome attempt to correct the limit on the wealth that was placed on them by Agrarian Laws?
(a) They raised taxes on Plebes who used the land awarded to them by the Agrarian Laws.
(b) The Nobles took political control over the Senate and changed the laws to allow Nobles to control all the land of the Empire.
(c) Rome would send out armies to colonize lands that were then distributed to Nobles.
(d) They reduced taxes on themselves and used their increased wealth to buy back their land.

5. When Machiavelli writes, "For sometimes of necessity our judgment is the truth, as human affairs are always in motion, either ascending or descending," what is he writing about what he believes about truth?
(a) You can't make sound judgments without having a firm grasp on the truth.
(b) Machiavelli considers truth to be relative.
(c) Truth is irrelevant to the reason for making judgments.
(d) Truth is not as important as the people you make relationships with.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli believe inspired the expansion of the Roman Empire?

2. In the comparison between the tactics of Scipio and Hannibal, what does Machiavelli consider to be praiseworthy?

3. In what cases does Machiavelli endorse acting foolishly?

4. How does Machiavelli expect a city can keep its freedom after a weak Prince follows an excellent Prince?

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

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