Reading Comprehension: Machiavelli's Prince, XV
1. What is the main theme of this short chapter?
2. Explain what Machiavelli means when he writes that "a man who wants to make a profession of good in all regards must come to ruin among so many who are not good."
3. What does Machiavelli mean by "the effectual truth"?
4. What is most important, according to Machiavelli: appearance or reality? Explain why.
5. Why, in Machiavelli's view, is it not possible for a prince to be truly good and virtuous?
6. To what extent should a prince avoid doing evil things, according to Machiavelli? In his view, is there any absolute prohibition against evil-doing? Why or why not?
7. Should the prince be concerned about getting a reputation for vice? Why or why not, and under what circumstances?