The Prince Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 11.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Machiavelli offering the Prince Lorenzo de Medici?
(a) Means of mastering in a short time all Machiavelli has learned about governing.
(b) Personal introductions to great men Machiavelli knows.
(c) The chance to become king of all Italy.
(d) A large book of rules for new princes to use in governing the people.

2. 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) They were standing in the right place at the right time.
(c) Like Moses, they could talk with God.
(d) It had nothing to do with fortune, but was because of their own talents.

3. What does Machiavelli suggest may make a hereditary ruler unpopular with his people?
(a) Staying away from the princedom for long periods of time.
(b) Using his army to gain more territory.
(c) Never changing the way they are accustomed to being ruled.
(d) Outrageous vices.

4. What does Machiavelli see as an inevitable result of changes in government?
(a) Better conditions for the subjects of a dominion.
(b) Growth of the dominion by annexation.
(c) A dovetailing of more and more change.
(d) Pleasure of the subjects who like to see a lot of changes.

5. What advantage does Machiavelli point out for Princes who rule hereditary dominions?
(a) People are accustomed to rule by that family.
(b) It is impossible for him to lose his dominion.
(c) He can get away with having more vices.
(d) The Prince who inherited his donimion can disband his army.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli cite as the measure of strength of a principality?

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

3. How does Machiavelli say Agathocles became Prince of Syracuse?

4. In acquiring a new dominion, if the prince does not use the force of his own arms, what alternative does Machiavelli suggest?

5. What example does Machiavelli give of a dominion that is a limb of a larger one?

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