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 were the results of Sparta setting up oligarchies in Athens and Thebes after they conquered them?
(a) They lost the new territories.
(b) They changed their own forms of government.
(c) They held them for a thousand years.
(d) They learned how to retain a possession.

2. 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) A son of one of the murdered men put poison in his wine.
(c) He died of natural causes before he could become Prince of Fermo.
(d) Cesare Borgia did the same thing to him.

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

4. What form of government comes from a long line of ancestors?
(a) An elected dynasty.
(b) New princedoms.
(c) Princedoms formed by warring factions.
(d) A hereditary princedom.

5. What one thing does Machiavelli insist that every prince needs?
(a) The good will of the people.
(b) Deep pockets.
(c) To read his book.
(d) A strong military.

Short Answer Questions

1. How can a common citizen rise to political power?

2. What is the advantage of the prince selected by the people?

3. Machiavelli says that tensions between the nobles and commoners may result in a principality, a republic, or what other condition?

4. To whom does Machiavelli compare himself in writing this book?

5. What does Machiavelli say a new prince must do quickly after gaining a new dominion?

(see the answer key)

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