The Prince Quiz | Eight Week Quiz E

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 17.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Machiavelli's ultimate example of the correct use of cruelty?
(a) Hannibal.
(b) Alexander the Great.
(c) Moses.
(d) King Louis.

2. What was the motivation for Machiavelli to write THE PRINCE?
(a) He wanted to start a revolution.
(b) He wanted Prince Lorenzo de Medici to employ him.
(c) He wanted to become a famous author.
(d) He wanted to become a prince.

3. How does Machiavelli define avarice?
(a) Being miserly and not generous enough.
(b) Being so generous that he has nothing left.
(c) Being of the disposition to take what is not one's own.
(d) Being nothing but a warrior.

4. What dichotomy does Machiavelli present regarding goodness and vices in a prince?
(a) Vices can be balanced out by the amount of fear they generate.
(b) People see goodness as weakness and vices as strengths.
(c) Goodness will preserve his princedom while vices will bring his downfall.
(d) His goodness may lead to his downfall whereas his vices may sometimes keep him safe.

5. Why does Machiavelli argue against a prince being overly generous?
(a) To support his generosity, the prince must tax his subjects heavily.
(b) By being generous, he avoids beeing seen as a miser.
(c) By being generous the people love him excessively.
(d) His generosity includes being able to pay his military high wages.

Short Answer Questions

1. How can a prince deal with the people when they see their lands burning outside the city walls?

2. Why does Machiavelli insist that hereditary princedoms are more easily maintained?

3. What does Machiavelli see as the problem with barons?

4. Why does Machiavelli say that Prince Lorenzo should not be surprised at what he is saying about new princedoms?

5. Ending his discussion of Ecclesiastical Dominions, why is Machiavelli so circumspect about the current Pope?

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