The Discourses Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book One, The Development of Rome's Constitution, Sundry Reflections on the Kings of Rome, The Introduction of New Forms of Government, Ingratitude.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How long did Sparta peacefully exist without changing its laws, according to Machiavelli?
(a) Through the reign of Lycurgus.
(b) 350 years.
(c) 800 years.
(d) Until its domination by Rome.

3. 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.

4. From what did Machiavelli develop the information that he wrote into "The Discourses"?
(a) From long experience and continuous study of worldly affairs.
(b) From his world travels to study governments in other cultures.
(c) From interviews with political thinkers of the day.
(d) From research that he did in the many libraries throughout the former Roman Empire.

5. What are the two means that Machiavelli identifies as how laws are developed in cities at the beginning of Section 2, Book One.
(a) Through dominion of the wealthy or through bartering agreements.
(b) At one time by one man and by chance at several times according to events.
(c) Through Princes or through Republics.
(d) By war and by peace.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What are two reasons Machiavelli gives for foreign forces building a city?

3. How did Machiavelli begin the preface to "The Discourses"?

4. What does Machiavelli suggest causes corruption?

5. What was the inspiration for Machiavelli's "The Discourses"?

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