A Mnemonic for Machiavelli

Today I listened to one of my Audible Learners work through a test on the Renaissance. Now, the Renaissance is always tricky; after all, it’s mainly “name/date/masterpiece.” So, I was thrilled to hear the following monologue when my student reached this question:

” ? wrote¬†The Prince, a well-known satire on government. Today, his name is synonymous with ruthless or pragmatic rulers.”

Well, I don’t remember The Prince, but do I remember from class that satire sometimes pokes fun at something, and when you poke fun at someone you mock them, and so I remembered it as “Mocking Machiavelli.” The answer must be Machiavelli.

Who says teachers don’t learn from their students? We learn every day!

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