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. 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?
(a) If the prince dies the barons all lose their hereditary titles.
(b) The barons hold their titles by heredity and not by the favor of the prince, so there is less loyalty.
(c) The prince does always knows what the barons are doing in their territories.
(d) The prince becomes lazy and leaves everything up to the barons.

2. What is Machiavelli's example of rule by a sole prince?
(a) The Turk empire.
(b) The Kingdom of Spain.
(c) The Holy Roman Empire.
(d) The Kingdom of France.

3. How do the Medici come to power?
(a) Through war.
(b) Through clever political manipulation.
(c) Through inheritance.
(d) Through democratic elections.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best solution for governing a new territory?

2. What does Machiavelli see as the problem with barons?

3. What form of government comes from a long line of ancestors?

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

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

(see the answer key)

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