The Prince Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 6.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What were the results of Sparta setting up oligarchies in Athens and Thebes after they conquered them?
(a) They changed their own forms of government.
(b) They lost the new territories.
(c) They learned how to retain a possession.
(d) They held them for a thousand years.

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

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

4. What is Machiavelli offering the Prince Lorenzo de Medici?
(a) The chance to become king of all Italy.
(b) Means of mastering in a short time all Machiavelli has learned about governing.
(c) Personal introductions to great men Machiavelli knows.
(d) A large book of rules for new princes to use in governing the people.

5. What does Machiavelli say was the reason for successes by Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus?
(a) They did not understand the thinking of the people.
(b) It had nothing to do with fortune, but was because of their own talents.
(c) They were standing in the right place at the right time.
(d) Like Moses, they could talk with God.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Machiavelli describe the temper (mindset) of the public?

2. How did the Romans maintain control in Capua, Carthage, and Numantia?

3. What advantage does Machiavelli point out for Princes who rule hereditary dominions?

4. Who does Machiavelli put forward as an example of a King who made all the mistakes in ruling a new territory?

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

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