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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Machiavelli predict will come of corrupted Republics if they do not take the important step of extending its life?
(a) The corruption will kill the body.
(b) They will break apart into new Republics
(c) They will fall victim to a Tyrant.
(d) They will become ineffective and subject to the rule of a stronger Republic.

2. What does Machiavelli claim that prudent men usually say?
(a) "Whoever wants to see what is to be, considers what has been;...."
(b) "You have a reference to analyze the past, but none such for the future;..."
(c) "Only God knows the future and I am not God;..."
(d) "The only thing we learn from history is that we do not learn from history..."

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

4. 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 control of the Senate
(c) The desire to manipulate the general masses.
(d) The desire to take power over the military.

5. Why does Machiavelli believe the Roman Republic grew?
(a) Because of the money of its Nobles.
(b) Because of the virtue of its soldiers.
(c) Because of the strength of its Captains.
(d) Because of the wisdom of its Magistrates.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does the institution that makes men "harsh or effeminate" influence them, according to Machiavelli?

3. Why does Machiavelli advise Captains to use new things at the time that he does?

4. Against whom are conspiracies made?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Machiavelli warn Princes from using auxiliary soldiers from another Prince?

2. What were the two evils that Machiavelli claims came to Rome as its Empire grew in geographical size?

3. Why does Machiavelli devote his longest section of "The Discourses" to discussing conspiracy?

4. Why doesn't Machiavelli expect promises made under force to be kept?

5. What does Machiavelli advise those who seek to change a Republic?

6. Why did "Captains of Fortune" favor cavalry over infantry?

7. What is the advice that Machiavelli gives to Princes who take possessions from another Prince?

8. Why would there be much bloodshed in the cases that a Republic moves violently from tyranny to freedom?

9. Why does Machiavelli recommend to avoid appointing anyone who has been offended to an important position in government?

10. What are two remedies that Machiavelli recommends in Book Three, section16 to prevent a City from becoming corrupted by periods of peace and wealth?

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