The Prince Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 20.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why should a prince keep down factions in his princedom?
(a) The weaker faction will side with an outside enemy, and the stronger will not be able to hold out.
(b) People enjoy the debates and work production slows down.
(c) Factions keep him tied up as a judge all the time.
(d) The prince must decide which faction is stronger and play up to them.

2. What does Machiavelli say was the reason for successes by Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus?
(a) Like Moses, they could talk with God.
(b) It had nothing to do with fortune, but was because of their own talents.
(c) They were standing in the right place at the right time.
(d) They did not understand the thinking of the people.

3. Citing Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus, what distinction does Machiavelli make about Moses?
(a) Instead of ruling the Egyptians after defeating them, he left.
(b) Moses never actually established himself as a leader.
(c) There is no histroy of Moses outside of the Jewish holy writings.
(d) There was something in Moses, some ability that made him worthy to speak with God.

4. What Biblical example does Machiavelli use to show that someone else's arms are useless?
(a) Samson and Delilah.
(b) David and Goliath.
(c) Caleb and Joshua.
(d) Egypt and Syria.

5. How does Machiavelli describe the temper (mindset) of the public?
(a) Easily maintained.
(b) Careless.
(c) Fickle.
(d) Ignorant.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Machiavelli say that auxiliary forces are more dangerous than mercenaries?

2. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best fortress for a prince?

3. What historical example does Machiavelli give to show how a military should be organized?

4. What did Heiro of Syracuse do when he realized his mercenary troops were worthless?

5. How does Machiavelli classify auxiliary troops?

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