The Prince Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 7.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What form of government comes from a long line of ancestors?
(a) Princedoms formed by warring factions.
(b) An elected dynasty.
(c) New princedoms.
(d) A hereditary princedom.

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

3. What is the advantage of the sole prince as ruler?
(a) No one is confused about who the ruler is.
(b) The people vest in him more complete authority.
(c) In case of revolt, there is only one person to assassinate.
(d) There is only one person of higher rank than the prince.

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

5. What can deprive a prince of his princedom?
(a) Public elections.
(b) Disagreements within a family of hereditary rulers.
(c) Extrodinary and irresistable force.
(d) Revolution among the lowest class of subjects.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the two types of government identified by Machiavelli?

2. What were the results of Sparta setting up oligarchies in Athens and Thebes after they conquered them?

3. What example does Machiavelli give of a dominion that is a limb of a larger one?

4. In acquiring a new dominion, if the prince does not use the force of his own arms, what alternative does Machiavelli suggest?

5. What does Machiavelli say was the real cause of Cesare Borgia's ultimate failure?

(see the answer key)

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