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 combination of circumstances does Machiavelli identify in men like Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus?
(a) Time and location.
(b) Pride and ability.
(c) Strength and fortitude.
(d) Opportunity and merit.

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

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

4. 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 will use them for unpopular tasks.
(c) The prince was a poor judge of character in the beginning.
(d) They never did anything to cause distrust in the first place.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli say was the reason for successes by Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus?

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

3. Why should a prince keep down factions in his princedom?

4. How does Machiavelli classify auxiliary troops?

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

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