Your paper should be thorough, well-organized, well-supported, and clearly written. It must be
written double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins, and include a
separate cover sheet for personal information and bibliography.

Thorough: Answer the prompt fully. Be clear that you are addressing everything demanded by
the prompt.

Well-supported: Use appropriate paraphrases and quotations in support of your points. (Be sure
to specify which texts you are using.)

Well-organized: The introduction should be clear and comprehensive, laying out the thesis as well as the order and relation of its main points. Body paragraphs should have topic sentences for each of those main points, followed by evidence from our readings. These paragraphs should be connected with transitions that express the relation of the main points.

Clearly written: Please use proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. Use formal style.
Your answer should be approximately 850-1000 words. Any essays that fall below or exceed this range will be automatically deducted one letter grade (10 points).
Include your personal information on a separate cover sheet. This page is NOT included in your
total word count.

What is Machiavelli’s understanding of virtue? How does Machiavelli’s idea of virtue relate to his understanding of the good? Discuss at least one example of how virtue in general relates to a particular virtue for Machiavelli and briefly describe Machiavelli’s conception of vice. Also include a consideration of the relation between virtue and fortune in The Prince.
*Make citations using the chapter and page number from the original text (XII.71 for chapter 12
page 71)