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This test 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Book 1, Section 46, Machiavelli applauds the Roman Plebs for having the wisdom not to elect Plebs to the position of Tribunes. Then in Book 1, Section 47 he applauds the Nobles for the methods they used to manage the decision of the Plebs. How does the context of Machiavelli's report in the two chapters form your opinion of Machiavelli's character, his views of freedom, and his views on corruption? Do you agree with Machiavelli's positions in the two chapters? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

In Book 3, Sections 43 and 46, Machiavelli details how customs are handed down in Cities and through families. Give examples from your personal experiences that support statements from the two chapters. If Machiavelli was alive today, how would he evaluate the qualities of customs that are handed down in modern American Cities and families? Use statements from the book to support your assertions.

Essay Topic 3

Machiavelli began his observations of war in Book 2. Find Machiavelli's views of three different ways wars benefit a Republic. Respond to his positions with your own views. Support your views with the type of historical documentation Machiavelli used to support his positions. Do not limit yourself to the history of Rome.

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