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 reasons does Machiavelli put forward to get Prince Lorenzo to read his book?
(a) Experience and the absence of flattery.
(b) Experience and his personal need.
(c) Experience and his ability as a writer.
(d) Experience and his low-born status.

2. What was Machiavelli's method for learning political government?
(a) He studied the outstanding rulers of the past.
(b) He tried all methods of government himself.
(c) He formed a college to study the various ideas.
(d) He relied on his own intuitions.

3. What factor does Machiavelli suggest makes it easier to rule a new territory?
(a) If the people have never been ruled before.
(b) If the people speak the same language.
(c) If the people like the new food introduced into the dominion.
(d) If the new Prince leaves the old rulers in place.

4. In THE PRINCE, why does Machiavelli deal only with dominions and not republics?
(a) He thought dominions were much harder to keep.
(b) Dominions are much larger than republics.
(c) There were no republics in his day.
(d) He wrote about republics in another work.

5. Why does Machiavelli say a hereditary prince is usually more loved by his subjects?
(a) He allows the people to do exactly as they please.
(b) He goes to school with the children of the princedom.
(c) His face is on their coins.
(d) He has less of a chance of giving offense.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Machiavelli offering the Prince Lorenzo de Medici?

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

3. In acquiring a new dominion, if the prince does not use the force of his own arms, what alternative does Machiavelli suggest?

4. What does Machiavelli insist about a Prince who lost his dominion by force?

5. What is the Renaissance Italian's view of political misfortune?

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