The Prince Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 11.

Multiple Choice 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?
(a) Cesare Borgia did the same thing to him.
(b) He died of natural causes before he could become Prince of Fermo.
(c) A son of one of the murdered men put poison in his wine.
(d) He was accidentally killed by a poorly aimed arrow.

2. Why does Machiavelli insist that hereditary princedoms are more easily maintained?
(a) All people everywhere actually prefer a prince.
(b) The prince changes things often at his own whim.
(c) The people are already familiar with that form of government.
(d) The prince has more power than a republic.

3. Aside from humble beginnings, what does Machiavelli say that Agathocles and Oliverotto have in common?
(a) They were both Italians.
(b) They knew what they wanted and made a plan to get it.
(c) They refused to resort to political assassination.
(d) They got their positions from other princes.

4. In acquiring a new dominion, if the prince does not use the force of his own arms, what alternative does Machiavelli suggest?
(a) The arms of others.
(b) Appeals to the Pope of Rome.
(c) Political intrigue.
(d) Free elections.

5. What example does Machiavelli give of a prince who had the support of his people and was able to withstand invasion?
(a) Gracci of Rome.
(b) Cesar Borgia of Romagna.
(c) Nabis, Prince of Sparta.
(d) Giorgio Scalli of Florence.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the motivation for Machiavelli to write THE PRINCE?

2. What is Machiavelli's example of rule by a sole prince?

3. What was Machiavelli's method for learning political government?

4. What powerful force does Machiavelli say can efface innovations in government?

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

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