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Political Science
POLS 2900
Stephen Newman

AS/POLS 2900B Mid-Year Examination Study Questions, Dec. 2013 Prof. S. Newman The exam will be held on Tuesday, December 17 in the Rexall Centre starting at 9:00 a.m.. The exam will consist of three parts. Part 1. Short Answer Essays (40%) Part 1 consists of short answer essay questions. Your answers should be concise and to the point (roughly 250 to 350 words each). There will be questions about each of the four thinkers you’ve read this term: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Hobbes. The questions are designed to test your knowledge of the texts. You must choose one question on each of three thinkers. You must also answer a fourth question, but you may choose among any of the remaining questions. Thus you have the option of answering one question on each of the four thinkers, or you may write about only three by answering two questions concerning one of them. Your answers are worth ten points each. Part 2 is worth 10% and consists of precise questions, each of which can be answered in one or a few words. You are to answer any ten questions. Each answer is worth 1%. Here is a sample question from a previous year’s exam: “To whom did Machiavelli dedicate The Prince?” Part 3. Long Essay (50%) This part of the exam will feature three or four questions. You are to answer any one (1) question in a carefully thought out essay. There is no word limit. The essay questions that appear on the exam will be drawn from the questions listed below. 1. Both Aristotle and Machiavelli warn against the pernicious effects of “faction,” which is seen as detrimental to the well being of the city and a cause of what Aristotle calls “political change” (i.e., insurrection or revolution). Compare and contrast Aristotle and Machiavelli on the causes of faction and what can be done to prevent it or at least mitigate its effects. 2. To differing degrees, Plato, Aristotle, and Machiavelli consider political science to be a sort of “craft knowledge” that rulers and statesmen must master if they are to govern successfully. Choose any two of these thinkers and explain (a) what they take to be the essential “craft kno
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