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. What can deprive a prince of his princedom?
(a) Public elections.
(b) Extrodinary and irresistable force.
(c) Disagreements within a family of hereditary rulers.
(d) Revolution among the lowest class of subjects.

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

3. What does Machiavelli say was the reason for successes by Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus?
(a) They did not understand the thinking of the people.
(b) Like Moses, they could talk with God.
(c) It had nothing to do with fortune, but was because of their own talents.
(d) They were standing in the right place at the right time.

4. Why does Machiavelli not use Agathocles as an example of meritorious rise to power?
(a) Beause he did not plan what to do after he became prince.
(b) Because he came from humble beginnings.
(c) Because his cruelty continued after he came to power.
(d) Because he was not successful in gaining control of Sicily.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does say the sole prince can do that the prince with barons cannot?

2. What is it that Machiavelli prizes most of his possessions?

3. What role does morality play in keeping a dominion safe according to Machiavelli?

4. Why does Machiavelli say that new territories are harder to govern than hereditary ones?

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

(see the answer key)

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