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

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

3. How does Machiavelli define auxiliary forces?
(a) Extra manpower that may be called to active duty during a war.
(b) Those borrowed from other principalities to wage war.
(c) The best insurance a prince has for his safety.
(d) Women mercenaries who fight along side of men.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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