The Prince Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 9.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Machiavelli insist about a Prince who lost his dominion by force?
(a) He would have to run for his life and never return.
(b) He would lose all popularity with the people.
(c) The people would forget all about him.
(d) It would be easy to get it back.

4. What is the irony of the death of Oliverotto of Fermo who came to power by assembling all the leaders for a dinner and then killing them all?
(a) He was accidentally killed by a poorly aimed arrow.
(b) Cesare Borgia did the same thing to him.
(c) He died of natural causes before he could become Prince of Fermo.
(d) A son of one of the murdered men put poison in his wine.

5. What is it that Machiavelli refrains from doing in his book?
(a) Giving only the facts of great leaders and how they governed.
(b) Using language of respect that is usually spoken before a prince.
(c) Using high sounding literary devices to make the work seem more important.
(d) Making everything brief in his writing so that main points are missed.

Short Answer Questions

1. Does Machiavelli suggest that rising to power through cruelty is always wrong?

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

3. What is Machiavelli's example of rule by a sole prince?

4. Machiavelli says some new princes may gain their new states either in exchange for money or as a favor. What other means does he point out for gaining a state?

5. What ancient example does Machiavelli use to illustrate the rise to power through criminal actions?

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