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 does Machiavelli say was the reason for successes by Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus?
(a) It had nothing to do with fortune, but was because of their own talents.
(b) Like Moses, they could talk with God.
(c) They did not understand the thinking of the people.
(d) They were standing in the right place at the right time.

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

3. Citing Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus, what distinction does Machiavelli make about Moses?
(a) Instead of ruling the Egyptians after defeating them, he left.
(b) There was something in Moses, some ability that made him worthy to speak with God.
(c) Moses never actually established himself as a leader.
(d) There is no histroy of Moses outside of the Jewish holy writings.

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

5. 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) Military barracks surrounding his palace.
(d) A palace surrounded by a wide moat.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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