The Prince Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 22.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Machiavelli says some new princes may gain their new states either in exchange for money or as a favor. What other means does he point out for gaining a state?
(a) Promising to lower taxes.
(b) Making themselves popular with the people.
(c) Bribing the military.
(d) Holding many public meetings.

3. What example does Machiavelli give of a dominion that is a limb of a larger one?
(a) The Holy Roman Empire.
(b) The Prince of Venice as part of the dominions of France.
(c) The Medici as part of the Borgia dominions.
(d) The King of Naples as part of the dominions of Spain.

4. Ending his discussion of Ecclesiastical Dominions, why is Machiavelli so circumspect about the current Pope?
(a) Pope Leo is the uncle of Lorenzo de Medici.
(b) Pope Leo does not support the Medici.
(c) Pope Leo might give Machiavelli a job.
(d) Pope Leo fears Niccolo Machiavelli.

5. What happened when Rome tried to use the same methods the Spartans had used with Greece?
(a) They succeeded by adding Roman universities to the Greek educational system.
(b) They succeeded by expanding on the Spartan idea.
(c) They failed and had to go back and destroy many cities.
(d) They found it easy to get Greeks to adopt Roman ways.

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 Biblical example does Machiavelli use to show that someone else's arms are useless?

3. What characteristic of a leader can change fortune according to Machiavelli?

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

5. Why is a reputation for cruelty necessary for a prince?

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