The Discourses Quiz | Eight Week Quiz F

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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, Sundry Remarks on Strategy, Tactics, New Devices and Discipline, Administrative Posts, Administrative Methods: The Rival Claims of Severity and Good Fellowship.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are the two causes that will bring a corrupted Republic to take the important step of extending its life?
(a) Revolution and overthrow.
(b) Intrinsic and extrinsic.
(c) Religion and industry.
(d) Wisdom and knowledge.

2. What are the two ways that Republics are altered that Machiavelli examines?
(a) With natural disaster and new religions.
(b) With bloodshed and without bloodshed.
(c) With free press and elections.
(d) With war and money.

3. What did Roman historian Livius call Necessity?
(a) THE MOTHER OF INVENTION.
(b) NECESSITY IS BUT AN INTERPRETATION.
(c) THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF FREEDOM.
(d) THE LAST AND BEST WEAPON.

4. What do fertile areas offer to those who settle there according to Machiavelli?
(a) Raw materials that can be sent to sterile areas for manufacturing and refinement.
(b) Resources that will sustain a growing population.
(c) The ability to affect the economy of sterile areas.
(d) The means by which a city can grow and have the ability to defend themselves.

5. What does Machiavelli consider to be a great sign of weakness in Republic?
(a) When it relies on war to gain new territory.
(b) When it uses diplomatic skill to cajole the support of other Republics.
(c) When it continually keeps armies out of fear of other Republics.
(d) When it provides money to other cities that are weaker than it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli write will prevent a bad Citizen from working evil in a Republic?

2. According to Machiavelli, what caused the Roman Republic to form?

3. What does Machiavelli consider to be the means of someone rising from the bottom to gain a great fortune?

4. What does Machiavelli believe to the nature of men that causes them to either fight from ambition or from necessity?

5. Why does Machiavelli suggest that those who have received great rewards should not be spared punishments for acting badly?

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