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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Machiavelli suggest that Republics arrive to changing with the times later than individuals?
(a) Because they suffer more in changing.
(b) Because the layers of bureaucracy is unresponsive.
(c) Because Citizens in a Republic are resistant to funding changes.
(d) Because their leaders are out of touch with the Citizens.

2. What, according to Machiavelli, did Epaminondas the Theban claim was most necessary and useful for a Captain?
(a) To have new weapons.
(b) To fight in the open.
(c) To know the decisions and proceedings of the enemy.
(d) To use new tactics.

3. What method of dealing with leaders of tumults that divide cities does Machiavelli favor?
(a) Killing the leaders of tumults.
(b) Dividing the City's wealth among the factions.
(c) Conscripting combatants into the military.
(d) Taking the women into slavery.

4. What does Machiavelli praise of the ancient Roman battlefield tactics?
(a) The ability of the second and third divisions to absorb fallen lines ahead of them and proceed in battle.
(b) The ability of the three divisions to outman enemies and scare them from the battlefields.
(c) The fierceness of the soldiers to dictate the terms of every battle.
(d) The ability of the first division to puncture enemy lines so the second and third divisions can over run the command centers.

5. What institution does Machiavelli cite in Chapter 46 as being responsible for producing men that are either "harsh or effeminate."
(a) The Senate.
(b) The Magistrates.
(c) The Plebs.
(d) The family.

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

7. In Book 3, Section 25, what does Machiavelli repeat to be the most useful thing to establish in a Republic?
(a) Women's rights.
(b) Public mechanisms for delivering benefits.
(c) Universal suffrage.
(d) That its Citizens are to be kept poor.

8. How does the institution that makes men "harsh or effeminate" influence them, according to Machiavelli?
(a) Because, "The magistrates either declare punishments or delays judgment."
(b) Because, "The Senate either deliberates or declares war."
(c) Because, "The Plebs either prepare for virtus of war or fall to corruption."
(d) Because, "It is very important that a young man of tender years begins to hear the good and bad of a thing."

9. What does Machiavelli claim happens to great men in times of peace?
(a) They retire and slip into obscurity.
(b) They become tyrants.
(c) They become neglected.
(d) They become corrupted and evil.

10. What has Machiavelli considered many times to be the causes of good and bad fortunes to men?
(a) Enemies knowing their plans.
(b) Decisions for military tactics.
(c) Their choice of friends.
(d) Their manner of proceeding with the times.

11. What does Machiavelli claim causes men to conspire against their target?
(a) The desire to liberate a country occupied by the Prince.
(b) The desire to take power over the military.
(c) The desire to manipulate the general masses.
(d) The desire to take control of the Senate

12. To whom did Machiavelli refer to demonstrate the value of poverty on the character of leadership?
(a) Cincinnatus.
(b) Caesar.
(c) Brutus.
(d) Claudius.

13. What does Machiavelli consider to be necessary when restoring a Republic from a Tyranny?
(a) Colonies.
(b) Public works projects that help provide citizens with provisions.
(c) Memorable executions against the enemies of the Republic.
(d) Free, fair elections.

14. What type of person does Machiavelli advise against promoting to important positions in a Republic?
(a) Anyone who has killed a rival.
(b) Anyone who is ambitious.
(c) Anyone who has avoided war.
(d) Anyone who has been done a notable injury by someone.

15. What does Machiavelli claim comes to those Republics that are changed through the general public?
(a) New elections will be controlled by the general public.
(b) The Republic will break apart and be at war with its separate pieces.
(c) The public will appoint inept leaders and it will fall.
(d) Only the head of the Republic will be harmed.

Short Answer Questions

1. For what reason does Machiavelli advise people in power to, "...lay aside personal hatred?"

2. What does Machiavelli predict comes to those Republics that are changed violently.

3. What does Machiavelli identify as the cause of using dishonorable words against an enemy?

4. What does Machiavelli consider to be a great sign of weakness in Republic?

5. What were the results for the two Roman Consuls in Machiavelli's illustration?

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