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

2. 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.

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

4. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best fortress for a prince?
(a) Favorable public opinion.
(b) A palace in the center of the city.
(c) A palace surrounded by a wide moat.
(d) Military barracks surrounding his palace.

5. 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 is more important than the people.
(c) That he fears the people.
(d) That he trusts his military advisors.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What combination of circumstances does Machiavelli identify in men like Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus?

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

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

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