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. Why does Machiavelli say that Prince Lorenzo should not be surprised at what he is saying about new princedoms?
(a) He is giving the highest examples from history.
(b) He is citing his own experience as a new prince.
(c) He will talk only about princes he has known personally.
(d) He is the only man who knows the facts he is about to reveal.

2. Why does Machiavelli insist that hereditary princedoms are more easily maintained?
(a) All people everywhere actually prefer a prince.
(b) The people are already familiar with that form of government.
(c) The prince changes things often at his own whim.
(d) The prince has more power than a republic.

3. Aside from granting favors to his subjects during a siege, what does Machiavelli suggest a wise prince might do?
(a) Make promises he knows he could never keep.
(b) Have parties within the walls as though nothing is wrong outside.
(c) Get his subjects to do favors for him.
(d) Bribe his nobles to help him.

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 says any use of cruelty cannot be justified.
(d) He states that political assassination is not cruelty.

5. How does Machiavelli describe the temper (mindset) of the public?
(a) Fickle.
(b) Ignorant.
(c) Careless.
(d) Easily maintained.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In THE PRINCE, why does Machiavelli deal only with dominions and not republics?

3. What was the motivation for Machiavelli to write THE PRINCE?

4. Before Pope Alexander VI, what prevented the Church from gaining even more power?

5. Citing Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus, what distinction does Machiavelli make about Moses?

(see the answer key)

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