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

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

3. 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) They did not understand the thinking of the people.
(c) They were standing in the right place at the right time.
(d) Like Moses, they could talk with God.

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

5. 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) People enjoy the debates and work production slows down.
(c) Factions keep him tied up as a judge all the time.
(d) The weaker faction will side with an outside enemy, and the stronger will not be able to hold out.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What message does a prince give his subjects if he builds a fortress for himself?

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

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

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

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