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 example does Machiavelli cite as a wholly new princedom?
(a) The Kingdom of Spain.
(b) The new Kingdom of Naples.
(c) Milan under Francesco Sforza.
(d) Venice under the Doge.

2. 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.

3. What is it that Machiavelli prizes most of his possessions?
(a) Horses and armor.
(b) Fine fabrics.
(c) Gold and precious gems.
(d) His knowledge of the actions of great men.

4. How does Machiavelli define a new princedom or dominion?
(a) One that is an entirely new settlement.
(b) One that kills all the citizens of the old regime.
(c) One that does not come from a long line of ruling ancestors.
(d) One that comes from political intrigue.

5. 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) Free elections.
(c) The arms of others.
(d) Appeals to the Pope of Rome.

Short Answer Questions

1. After gaining dominions by merit, how does Machiavelli say a prince can hold his new territories?

2. In THE PRINCE, why does Machiavelli deal only with dominions and not republics?

3. The next best way to rule a new territory, according to Machiavelli, is to establish a colony. Why?

4. Citing Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus, what distinction does Machiavelli make about Moses?

5. What is Machiavelli removing from the political thinking during a time when the Roman Catholic Church was still appointing Emperors?

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