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 message does a prince give his subjects if he builds a fortress for himself?
(a) That he trusts his military advisors.
(b) That he is more important than the people.
(c) That he fears the people.
(d) That he will always be ready to defend the people.

2. 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) People enjoy the debates and work production slows down.
(d) Factions keep him tied up as a judge all the time.

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

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

5. How does Machiavelli describe the temper (mindset) of the public?
(a) Ignorant.
(b) Easily maintained.
(c) Careless.
(d) Fickle.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What did Heiro of Syracuse do when he realized his mercenary troops were worthless?

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

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

(see the answer key)

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