The Prince Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 14.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Machiavelli say a hereditary prince is usually more loved by his subjects?
(a) His face is on their coins.
(b) He has less of a chance of giving offense.
(c) He goes to school with the children of the princedom.
(d) He allows the people to do exactly as they please.

2. What powerful force does Machiavelli say can efface innovations in government?
(a) More and more innovation.
(b) Disdain for the past.
(c) Memories.
(d) Expectations.

3. Before Pope Alexander VI, what prevented the Church from gaining even more power?
(a) The separation of Church and State.
(b) The commercial power of the Venetians.
(c) The threat of invasion by France.
(d) Wars fought between the Colonna, the Orsini and the Pope.

4. What does Machiavelli say is the only art expected of a prince?
(a) The art of war.
(b) The art of collecting.
(c) The art of diplomacy.
(d) The art of fine living.

5. When does Machiavelli say a prince should be thinking most about military strategy?
(a) During times of peace.
(b) When he visits another prince.
(c) On hunting expeditions.
(d) When he is being invaded.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the irony of the death of Oliverotto of Fermo who came to power by assembling all the leaders for a dinner and then killing them all?

2. What does Machiavelli suggest is the surest way to govern a conquered territory?

3. How does Machiavelli say a private citizen might make himself a prince?

4. Why is setting up a system of government using conquered citizens effective?

5. What ancient example does Machiavelli use to illustrate the rise to power through criminal actions?

(see the answer key)

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