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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book Two, The Growth of Rome's Empire, Preface, Methods of Expansion, Colonization and War: Its Causes and Cost, Diplomacy and War.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are reasons Machiavelli cited for a group of people leaving their native country to seek a new home?
(a) Racial conflict and economic injustice.
(b) Family strife and lack of work.
(c) Overcrowding and social unrest.
(d) Pestilence, famine or war.

2. Why does Machiavelli suggest wars should be quick with limited damage to the conquered City?
(a) So Citizens are not burdened by the demands of the war.
(b) So armies can be brought home to participate in a productive economy.
(c) So armies can be readied for the next war.
(d) To reduce the cost to the conquering Prince and preserve the resources of the conquered city as booty for the conquering forces.

3. What can be inferred of Machiavelli's idea of virtue from reading the review of the first three kings of Rome as he begins his discourse of weak Princes and excellent Princes?
(a) That he considers bureaucratic expertise to be an important virtue for Princes.
(b) That he considers the most weak Princes to practice ambivalence to virtue.
(c) The he considers moral integrity to be the primary virtue for Princes.
(d) That he believes being ferocious and warlike is an indispensible virtue for a Prince.

4. According to Machiavelli, what type of people seek what office to cause a city to become corrupt?
(a) Weak and dependent people seek to become senators.
(b) Generals seek to become senators.
(c) The working poor seek to become plebes.
(d) The rich and powerful, rather than the virtuous, seek to become judges (magistrates).

5. In defending his view that Roman Dictators served their city well, what phrase does Machiavelli use to explain how the Caesars absorbed their power?
(a) "He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still."
(b) "Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just."
(c) "It is power that easily acquires a name, not a name power."
(d) "Power corrupts. Knowledge is power. Study hard. Be evil."

Short Answer Questions

1. What were the "demonstrations made to the benefit" of Plebes that Machiavelli reported were taken by Roman Nobility in Book 1, Section 52?

2. According to Machiavelli, what caused so much hard work for Rome as it expanded its Empire to distant provinces?

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

4. What does "Crescit interea Roma Albae ruinis" mean?

5. How does Machiavelli recommend a Republic deal with enemies that spring up within an empire?

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