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. What role does morality play in keeping a dominion safe according to Machiavelli?
(a) Only a little. People barely notice such things.
(b) None whatsoever.
(c) Everything. The Prince must be ruled by God.
(d) It is only necessary for hereditary Princedoms.

2. What ancient example does Machiavelli use to illustrate the rise to power through criminal actions?
(a) Pope Alexander IV.
(b) Moses.
(c) Agathocles of Sicily.
(d) Alexander the Great.

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

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

5. How did the Romans maintain control in Capua, Carthage, and Numantia?
(a) They moved the Roman capital to Carthage.
(b) They allowed them to select government officials from their own citizens.
(c) They made them all Roman citizens with new priviliges.
(d) They destroyed them and set up their own system of government.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Machiavelli see as an inevitable result of changes in government?

3. How does Machiavelli say that the great military leaders of history were so successful?

4. Who does Machiavelli single out as a prince who was always prepared for war?

5. Does Machiavelli suggest that rising to power through cruelty is always wrong?

(see the answer key)

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