The Discourses Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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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, Salus Populi, Suprema Lex, Further Reflections Based on the Samnite Wars, The Preservation of Freedom in a Republic.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What phrase could summarize what Livius' details as qualifications for an effective Captain.
(a) His men hate his personality but love his tactics.
(b) He earns animosity in training but trust in battle.
(c) His wisdom is established by his deceptions.
(d) He leads by deeds and not words.

2. Why would corrupt Republics accept common deceptions?
(a) Because they help to confuse Citizens to the corruption.
(b) Because they keep anyone from knowing any truth.
(c) Because they hide the corruption of the political class.
(d) Because they are put forward by men who want favors more readily for themselves than for the public.

3. According to Machiavelli, if men have prospered greatly by one procedure, what is not possible?
(a) To persuade them they can do well with other procedures.
(b) To remove them from their position.
(c) To undo their success.
(d) To undo their honor.

4. What does Machiavelli identify as an important action for Nobles to take to control the ambitions of Citizens seeking position?
(a) Find ways to bring the ambitious Citizens into Noble circles to keep them under watch and compromise their influence.
(b) Forestall their paths to attain the rank they seek.
(c) Find ways to have them sent to war.
(d) Have them kidnapped and killed.

5. Why does Machiavelli consider men prudent for considering the proverb he cites at the beginning of Book 2, Section 49?
(a) Because Machiavelli believes, "It is better to know where you have been to know what direction you are going."
(b) Because Machiavelli believes, "Men are too quick to neglect the achievements of their fathers."
(c) Because Machiavelli believes, "only the fool says there is no God."
(d) Because Machiavelli believes, "for all the things of the world in every time have had the very resemblance as those of ancient times.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Machiavelli consider the Roman Caesars to have been a benefit to the Roman Empire?

2. Of what should Princes be most ashamed in Machiavelli's view?

3. To what does Machiavelli compare great kingdoms and republics from history?

4. What is an obvious counterpoint to Machiavelli's assertion to the benefits of the power of the Caesars to the Roman Empire?

5. How do weak men handle changes in fortune, according to Machiavelli?

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