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

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

3. 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) Only a little. People barely notice such things.
(d) It is only necessary for hereditary Princedoms.

4. What was the motivation for Machiavelli to write THE PRINCE?
(a) He wanted Prince Lorenzo de Medici to employ him.
(b) He wanted to become a famous author.
(c) He wanted to start a revolution.
(d) He wanted to become a prince.

5. How do the Medici come to power?
(a) Through inheritance.
(b) Through democratic elections.
(c) Through clever political manipulation.
(d) Through war.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the custom of Machiavelli's day in approaching a prince?

2. What factor does Machiavelli suggest makes it easier to rule a new territory?

3. What can deprive a prince of his princedom?

4. Why does Machiavelli say a hereditary prince is usually more loved by his subjects?

5. What does Machiavelli see as an inevitable result of changes in government?

(see the answer key)

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