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. How does Machiavelli think New Dominions were formed?
(a) Through War and Pestilence.
(b) Through Fortune or Ability.
(c) Through Ability or Accident.
(d) Through democratic elections.

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 King of Naples as part of the dominions of Spain.
(c) The Holy Roman Empire.
(d) The Medici as part of the Borgia dominions.

3. What form of government comes from a long line of ancestors?
(a) New princedoms.
(b) Princedoms formed by warring factions.
(c) An elected dynasty.
(d) A hereditary princedom.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli say will be an advantage to a prince who lost his dominion by force of arms?

2. What are the two types of government identified by Machiavelli?

3. To whom does Machiavelli compare himself in writing this book?

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

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

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