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 does Machiavelli recommend that prudent men avoid?
(a) Idleness and peace.
(b) Threatening and injuring anyone with words.
(c) Deceit and war.
(d) Corruption and lies.

2. What opportunities come to Princes who take Machiavelli's advice in acting to take something from another Prince.
(a) The Prince who is being assaulted might make decisions fueled by anger.
(b) The Prince who is being assaulted will be imprisoned.
(c) The Prince who is being assaulted will have their army away from the City.
(d) The Prince who is being assualted will not be able to consult his Captains.

3. What does Machiavelli claim to be the conduct of excellent and courageous men whether they experience good fortune or bad?
(a) They adjust to the times.
(b) They keep their courage in any fortune.
(c) They find enemies and defeat them.
(d) They never refuse any type of challenge.

4. What does Machiavelli identify as the difference between a Republic and the State (government) in how they can handle maladies?
(a) A Republic counts on the wisdom of its Plebes, but a State uses the wealth of its Nobles.
(b) A Republic appoints a bureaucracy, but a state goes to war.
(c) A Republic has time to correct maladies, but a State does not.
(d) A Republic uses its freedom, but a state uses its laws.

5. How does Machiavelli recommend a Republic deal with enemies that spring up within an empire?
(a) He advises Princes to allow his supporters to conspire to assassinate the enemies.
(b) He advocates smearing them with public proclamations about the threat they pose.
(c) Princes should name appoint them to offices to leave their actions open to public scrutiny.
(d) He recommends that efforts be made to temporize (compromise) them rather than crush them.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what is Machiavelli referring when he addresses the use of deceit in managing wars?

2. What does Machiavelli claim to be the cause of Princes losing inherited power?

3. What support did Machiavelli use for his view of what he considers to be the worst example provided by leaders?

4. What finally forced Phillip into battle with Fabius, according to Machiavelli?

5. What was an example from Roman history that Machiavelli used to suggest the Plebes possesses greater wisdom than Nobles?

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