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

2. What historical example does Machiavelli give to show how a military should be organized?
(a) Darius, King of Persia.
(b) Sparticus and the Roman slaves.
(c) The last days of the Roman Empire.
(d) Phillip, father of Alexander the Great.

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

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

5. Those who were viewed with suspicion at the beginning of a princedom usually become the most loyal subjects. Why?
(a) They work hard to gain the approval of the prince.
(b) The prince was a poor judge of character in the beginning.
(c) They never did anything to cause distrust in the first place.
(d) The prince will use them for unpopular tasks.

Short Answer Questions

1. A prince who has acquired a new dominion added to his own should disarm the conquered people. Why?

2. After gaining dominions by merit, how does Machiavelli say a prince can hold his new territories?

3. Why does Machiavelli say that Prince Lorenzo should not be surprised at what he is saying about new princedoms?

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

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

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