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

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

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

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

5. Why should a new prince not disarm his people?
(a) It gives the people added duties and importance.
(b) Having arms is a basic human right.
(c) It shows that he either distrusts the people or fears them.
(d) Disarmed people cannot protect their prince.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What historical example does Machiavelli give to show how a military should be organized?

(see the answer key)

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