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 say that Prince Lorenzo should not be surprised at what he is saying about new princedoms?
(a) He is the only man who knows the facts he is about to reveal.
(b) He is citing his own experience as a new prince.
(c) He is giving the highest examples from history.
(d) He will talk only about princes he has known personally.

2. What was the motivation for Machiavelli to write THE PRINCE?
(a) He wanted to become a famous author.
(b) He wanted Prince Lorenzo de Medici to employ him.
(c) He wanted to start a revolution.
(d) He wanted to become a prince.

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

4. How does Machiavelli say that the successors of Alexander the Great were able to retain power after his untimely death?
(a) Under his system, governance was easily transferred to his appointed ministers.
(b) The people were so happy to be rid of Darius that they accepted anyone else.
(c) The people did not care who ruled them.
(d) They did not let the people know that Alexander had died.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What combination of circumstances does Machiavelli identify in men like Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus?

2. What were the results of Sparta setting up oligarchies in Athens and Thebes after they conquered them?

3. What is the advantage of the sole prince as ruler?

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

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

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