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) Careless.
(b) Ignorant.
(c) Fickle.
(d) Easily maintained.

2. 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) The prince must decide which faction is stronger and play up to them.
(d) Factions keep him tied up as a judge all the time.

3. Why should a new prince not disarm his people?
(a) It gives the people added duties and importance.
(b) It shows that he either distrusts the people or fears them.
(c) Disarmed people cannot protect their prince.
(d) Having arms is a basic human right.

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

5. Why does Machiavelli say that Prince Lorenzo should not be surprised at what he is saying about new princedoms?
(a) He is giving the highest examples from history.
(b) He is citing his own experience as a new prince.
(c) He will talk only about princes he has known personally.
(d) He is the only man who knows the facts he is about to reveal.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Machiavelli define auxiliary forces?

2. Citing Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus, what distinction does Machiavelli make about Moses?

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

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

5. What Biblical example does Machiavelli use to show that someone else's arms are useless?

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