The Discourses Quiz | Eight Week Quiz E

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book Three, The Examples of Rome's Great Men, Reform, Security, and the Elimination of Rivals, On Conspiracies, The Need of Adaptation to Environment.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the inspiration for Machiavelli's "The Discourses"?
(a) Machiavelli's fascination for power.
(b) Machiavelli's desire to guide politicians to serve the public needs.
(c) Livy's account of the history of Rome written around 25 B.C.
(d) Machiavelli's interest in forms of government.

2. What does Machiavelli consider one of the most important reasons the Roman Empire was successful in expanding its borders?
(a) It showed skill in placing Nobles in control over colonies.
(b) It kept Citizens in poverty.
(c) The Senate gave great authority to military leaders over Cities that Rome was attacking.
(d) It had laws that kept the Plebes in their place.

3. What does Machiavelli predict will come to Republics that do not provide for dictatorships or powerful authorities in times of urgent perils?
(a) They will always be ruined in grave incidents.
(b) A Republican government will always move in the benefit of everyone dependent on them.
(c) The trust leaders show in the people will inspire them to overcome the peril.
(d) The gathering of officials will paralyze the Republic in debate.

4. How does Machiavelli suggest that a man with power should present himself to a city in turmoil?
(a) "...(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."
(b) "The man of power should present himself with cold ruthlessness and avoid any show of sentimentality."
(c) "Beauty is power; a smile is its sword."
(d) "Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness."

5. What does Machiavelli predict comes to those Republics that are changed violently.
(a) Peace will come when the leaders are destroyed.
(b) Treaties will be made and order restored.
(c) A stronger Republic will take control over it.
(d) Injury will come to many.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the two ways that Republics are altered that Machiavelli examines?

2. What does Machiavelli predict will come of corrupted Republics if they do not take the important step of extending its life?

3. 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?

4. What is a Prince as Machiavelli uses the term?

5. What are the two important items that Machiavelli considers to be unwise for a Prince to put entirely into peril?

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