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) Punishment of God for misdeeds.
(b) Perceived weakness on the part of opponents.
(c) Lack of ability to govern.
(d) Something that just happens.

2. The next best way to rule a new territory, according to Machiavelli, is to establish a colony. Why?
(a) The only people really annoyed will be those who have lost their land.
(b) The people can now take justice into their own hands.
(c) The conquered people get lots of land and plenty to eat.
(d) The people who have been harmed can take revenge easily.

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

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 become a prince.
(d) He wanted to start a revolution.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What example does Machiavelli give of a prince who regained power after the opposition of the Venetians and Pope Julius?

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

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

4. What does Machiavelli suggest makes for peace in a dominion?

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

(see the answer key)

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