Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is an obvious counterpoint to Machiavelli's assertion to the benefits of the power of the Caesars to the Roman Empire?
2. What are the two important items that Machiavelli considers to be unwise for a Prince to put entirely into peril?
3. What does Machiavelli identify as tactics the Citizen seeking not to be harmed uses?
4. What, according to Machiavelli in Book , 1 Section 38, is the fate of irresolute Republics?
5. In Book 1, Section 46, Machiavelli credits the ruin of Republics on citizens who jump from one ambition to another. What was the phrase that Sallust put in the mouth of Caesar that explains how such ambitions begin?
Short Essay Questions
1. What acts by governing officials does Machiavelli consider "pernicious" or damaging to the authority of the government?
2. What does Machiavelli recommend to Captains as an element of strategy to assure success in capturing a town?
3. From what did Niccolo Machiavelli make the present that he sent to Zanobi Buondelmonti and Cosimo Rucellai?
4. What does Machiavelli advise those who seek to change a Republic?
5. What is the advice that Machiavelli gives to Princes who take possessions from another Prince?
6. Why did "Captains of Fortune" favor cavalry over infantry?
7. What does Machiavelli mean when he advises that evil in a State be "temporized"?
8. What does Machiavelli recommend to be done if one wants to establish a Republic where it does not exist?
9. What does Machiavelli claim to be the practice of writers of history who, "...so obey the fortune of the winners...?"
10. What does Machiavelli claim proves the Romans' love for liberty?
At the beginning of Book 2, Machiavelli begins investigating what he considers to be virtuous touches on "virtu" throughout the rest of "The Discourses". Find two characterizations of what Machiavelli considers "virtu" with which you agree and two with which you do not. Explain your positions in each case and give examples of how your choices have been proven through history.
In Machiavelli's characterization of evil against the state and the benefits of the powers of the Roman Caesars, he provides a perspective that defines his view of government and freedom. What is that view? Does it match what you have been taught regarding both and does Machiavelli and what you have learned up to this point match your personal views on government and freedom? Define the similarities and the differences and use documented support from both the book and your educational experiences to support your position.
Machiavelli advises on dealing with evil challenging a State in Book 1, Sections 33. What does Machiavelli consider evil? Support what you find as his definition with statements from all of "The Discourses". Do you agree with his assessments? Why or why not? In your response give documented support from other political or moral thinkers.
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