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Early 16th Century moralist philosophers, particularly in France and England, regarded Machiavelli’s The Prince as a collection of cynical precepts for tyrants, and not until the 17th Century was the view of Machiavelli as a teacher of evil questioned by philosophers.

 A.

Early 16th Century moralist philosophers, particularly in France and England, regarded Machiavelli’s The Prince as a collection of cynical precepts for tyrants, and not until the 17th Century was the view of Machiavelli as a teacher of evil questioned by philosophers.

 B.

Machiavelli’s The Prince was regarded as a collection of cynical precepts for tyrants by early 16th Century moralist philosophers, particularly in France and England, and not until the 17th Century did philosophers question the view of him as a teacher of evil.

 C.

Early 16th Century moralist philosophers, in France and England particularly, considered Machiavelli’s The Prince as a collection of cynical precepts for tyrants, and not until the 17th Century was the view of Machiavelli as a teacher of evil questioned by philosophers.

 D.

Early 16th Century moralist philosophers, particularly in France and England, regarded Machiavelli’s The Prince to be a collection of cynical precepts for tyrants, and not until the 17th Century philosophers was the view of Machiavelli as a teacher of evil questioned.

 E.

Machiavelli’s The Prince was regarded as a collection of cynical precepts for tyrants by early 16th Century moralist philosophers, particularly in France and England, and not until the 17th Century was the view of him as a teacher of evil questioned.

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Solution:
Option(A) is correct

Note the idioms ‘regarded as something’ and ‘consider something’. In other words we don’t put ‘to be’ after regard or consider, and neither do we put ‘as’ after consider. This information helps us to eliminate C and D.

Next we turn our attention to word order. The order in B and E suggests that the ‘precepts’ were by the moralist philosophers. And so we are left with A. Also note that the use of ‘him’ in B and E is inappropriate as we haven’t previously mentioned Machiavelli (Machiavelli’s The Prince is not the same as Machiavelli!)

Note that the correct answer includes the passive voice ‘was questioned by’, and so, although the active voice is usually better than the passive, there are some cases where passives are found in correct answers.


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