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. Why does Machiavelli insist that hereditary princedoms are more easily maintained?
(a) The prince changes things often at his own whim.
(b) All people everywhere actually prefer a prince.
(c) The prince has more power than a republic.
(d) The people are already familiar with that form of government.

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

3. Why does Machiavelli not discuss democracies?
(a) He considered them inferior.
(b) He rejected the idea outright as a madness of the Greeks.
(c) He called democracy by another name.
(d) None existed at that time.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli suggest is the surest way to govern a conquered territory?

2. What happened when Rome tried to use the same methods the Spartans had used with Greece?

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

4. What characteristic of a leader can change fortune according to Machiavelli?

5. One Princedom, according to Machiavelli, is ruled by a sole prince; the other is by a prince and his barons. What does Machiavelli see as a weakness of the latter?

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