The Prince Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is it that Machiavelli refrains from doing in his book?
(a) Giving only the facts of great leaders and how they governed.
(b) Using high sounding literary devices to make the work seem more important.
(c) Using language of respect that is usually spoken before a prince.
(d) Making everything brief in his writing so that main points are missed.

2. What does Machiavelli suggest makes for peace in a dominion?
(a) Each day being the same as the day before.
(b) A Prince who knows how to hide his bad habits.
(c) A Prince who knows how to keep the people in line by force.
(d) A brilliant and vocal Prince.

3. What characteristic of a leader can change fortune according to Machiavelli?
(a) Being at the right place and in the right time.
(b) A person's innate ability.
(c) The intervention of God.
(d) The will of the people.

4. Why does Machiavelli not discuss democracies?
(a) None existed at that time.
(b) He considered them inferior.
(c) He rejected the idea outright as a madness of the Greeks.
(d) He called democracy by another name.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In THE PRINCE, why does Machiavelli deal only with dominions and not republics?

2. What can deprive a prince of his princedom?

3. How does Machiavelli say that those who help a prince obtain a new princedom may turn against him?

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

5. What is Machiavelli removing from the political thinking during a time when the Roman Catholic Church was still appointing Emperors?

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