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. How can a common citizen rise to political power?
(a) As a compromise between two parties.
(b) With a lot of money behind him.
(c) By popular election.
(d) Through the help of friends.

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

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

4. Does Machiavelli suggest that rising to power through cruelty is always wrong?
(a) He believes that cruelty must continue to be successful.
(b) He suggests that there is a proper use of cruelty.
(c) He states that political assassination is not cruelty.
(d) He says any use of cruelty cannot be justified.

5. Why does Machiavelli say that new territories are harder to govern than hereditary ones?
(a) Old leaders must be kept alive and included in the new government.
(b) It is rarely the case that new rulers improve the lives of the conquered.
(c) People think the new government will be more of the same.
(d) Men always think a new government will be worse than before.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Machiavelli define a new princedom or dominion?

2. Aside from humble beginnings, what does Machiavelli say that Agathocles and Oliverotto have in common?

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

4. What was Machiavelli's method for learning political government?

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

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