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 is the Renaissance Italian's view of political misfortune?
(a) Punishment of God for misdeeds.
(b) Something that just happens.
(c) Lack of ability to govern.
(d) Perceived weakness on the part of opponents.

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

3. What does Machiavelli say is the first requirement of a commander?
(a) Frequently reviewing his troops.
(b) Making sure he has the money to pay his mercenaries.
(c) Knowing how to locate the enemy, deploy his soldiers, and lay siege to a city.
(d) Making constant changes in his miliary command.

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

5. What response does a prince receive if he is seen as fickle, effeminate, cowardly, frivolous, or irresolute?
(a) None.
(b) Admiration.
(c) Strong support.
(d) Contempt.

Short Answer Questions

1. Those who were viewed with suspicion at the beginning of a princedom usually become the most loyal subjects. Why?

2. Who can successfully gain the reputation for generosity but not ruin himself in the process?

3. 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?

4. Why does Machiavelli say that auxiliary forces are more dangerous than mercenaries?

5. What does say the sole prince can do that the prince with barons cannot?

(see the answer key)

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