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) Egypt and Syria.
(b) Samson and Delilah.
(c) David and Goliath.
(d) Caleb and Joshua.

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

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) Instead of ruling the Egyptians after defeating them, he left.
(d) There is no histroy of Moses outside of the Jewish holy writings.

5. A prince who has acquired a new dominion added to his own should disarm the conquered people. Why?
(a) He only needs the arms to add to his arsenal.
(b) It shows the new subjects that they are safe.
(c) The arms should be in the control of his own military.
(d) The new subjects will feel that the miliary will protect them.

Short Answer Questions

1. After gaining dominions by merit, how does Machiavelli say a prince can hold his new territories?

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

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

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

5. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best fortress for a prince?

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