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. What message does a prince give his subjects if he builds a fortress for himself?
(a) That he is more important than the people.
(b) That he will always be ready to defend the people.
(c) That he trusts his military advisors.
(d) That he fears the people.

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

3. After gaining dominions by merit, how does Machiavelli say a prince can hold his new territories?
(a) It is impossible.
(b) With great difficulty.
(c) Rarely.
(d) Easily.

4. Why does Machiavelli say that auxiliary forces are more dangerous than mercenaries?
(a) Auxiliary forces are not considered deserters if they run from war.
(b) Auxiliary forces may be recalled if their home dominion is attacked.
(c) Auxilaries need less time and opportunity to move against the ruler that employed them.
(d) Mercenaries can all speak the language of the princedom.

5. How does Machiavelli classify auxiliary troops?
(a) As cheaper than hiring independent mercenaries.
(b) As the worst possible choice for a prince to make.
(c) As extremely reliable during a crisis.
(d) As the best possible choice for a prince to make.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Those who were viewed with suspicion at the beginning of a princedom usually become the most loyal subjects. Why?

3. How does Machiavelli define auxiliary forces?

4. How does Machiavelli describe the temper (mindset) of the public?

5. Why should a new prince not disarm his people?

(see the answer key)

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