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. How does Machiavelli say Agathocles became Prince of Syracuse?
(a) Assembling the Senate to confer and then having them all killed.
(b) Getting the poor people to support him against the aristocracy.
(c) Beheading anyone who opposed him.
(d) Defeating the Carthiginians.

2. What advantage does Machiavelli point out for Princes who rule hereditary dominions?
(a) People are accustomed to rule by that family.
(b) It is impossible for him to lose his dominion.
(c) The Prince who inherited his donimion can disband his army.
(d) He can get away with having more vices.

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

4. In THE PRINCE, why does Machiavelli deal only with dominions and not republics?
(a) Dominions are much larger than republics.
(b) He thought dominions were much harder to keep.
(c) There were no republics in his day.
(d) He wrote about republics in another work.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened when Rome tried to use the same methods the Spartans had used with Greece?

2. After Alexander VI, how did the Pope continue to strengthen the Church's position?

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

4. What example does Machiavelli give of a prince who regained power after the opposition of the Venetians and Pope Julius?

5. Why does Machiavelli not use Agathocles as an example of meritorious rise to power?

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