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 does Machiavelli see as an inevitable result of changes in government?
(a) Better conditions for the subjects of a dominion.
(b) A dovetailing of more and more change.
(c) Pleasure of the subjects who like to see a lot of changes.
(d) Growth of the dominion by annexation.

2. What does Machiavelli say will be an advantage to a prince who lost his dominion by force of arms?
(a) The money he was able to stash away before being invaded.
(b) The sympathy of the surrounding dominions.
(c) The tendency of new governments to rely heavily on hereditary princes.
(d) A mishap on the part of the new government.

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

4. One Princedom, according to Machiavelli, is ruled by a sole prince; the other is by a prince and his barons. What does Machiavelli see as a weakness of the latter?
(a) If the prince dies the barons all lose their hereditary titles.
(b) The prince becomes lazy and leaves everything up to the barons.
(c) The barons hold their titles by heredity and not by the favor of the prince, so there is less loyalty.
(d) The prince does always knows what the barons are doing in their territories.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the advantage of the sole prince as ruler?

2. How did the Romans maintain control in Capua, Carthage, and Numantia?

3. What themes does Machiavelli introduce in Chapter One?

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

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

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