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) They were standing in the right place at the right time.
(b) It had nothing to do with fortune, but was because of their own talents.
(c) Like Moses, they could talk with God.
(d) They did not understand the thinking of the people.

2. What did Heiro of Syracuse do when he realized his mercenary troops were worthless?
(a) He refused to pay them.
(b) He had them cut to pieces.
(c) He put them on the front lines to be killed.
(d) He hired more mercenaries.

3. Why should a prince keep down factions in his princedom?
(a) The prince must decide which faction is stronger and play up to them.
(b) The weaker faction will side with an outside enemy, and the stronger will not be able to hold out.
(c) Factions keep him tied up as a judge all the time.
(d) People enjoy the debates and work production slows down.

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

5. What historical example does Machiavelli give to show how a military should be organized?
(a) The last days of the Roman Empire.
(b) Darius, King of Persia.
(c) Phillip, father of Alexander the Great.
(d) Sparticus and the Roman slaves.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Machiavelli describe the temper (mindset) of the public?

3. How does Machiavelli classify auxiliary troops?

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

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

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