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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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, "for all the things of the world in every time have had the very resemblance as those of ancient times.
(d) Because Machiavelli believes, "only the fool says there is no God."

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

3. What are the two ways that Machiavelli claims that envy can be extinguished?
(a) Through conspiracy and corruption.
(b) Through life threatening disaster or through the death of rivals.
(c) Through war and crisis.
(d) Through friendship and common wealth.

4. Who does Machiavelli credit with protecting Rome from the ambitions of the Tribunes?
(a) Claudius Lucius.
(b) Lucius Brutus.
(c) Junius Claudius.
(d) Appius Claudius.

5. What were placed to the right and the left of every battle line of the Roman army?
(a) Tribunes.
(b) The cavalry.
(c) Plebs.
(d) Captains.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli praise of the ancient Roman battlefield tactics?

2. On what does Machiavelli believe a Republic must be organized?

3. What does Machiavelli recommend that prudent men avoid?

4. Who were the two Roman Consuls whose tactics Machiavelli compares as an example of how Princes can take what belongs to another?

5. What are the two causes that will bring a corrupted Republic to take the important step of extending its life?

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