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 can successfully gain the reputation for generosity but not ruin himself in the process?
(a) A prince who gives away someone else's money.
(b) A prince who goes to war to create jobs for his subjects.
(c) A prince who only gives when he can expect a generous return.
(d) A prince who has unlimited resources.

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

3. Which statement is true according to Machiavelli?
(a) Men are more likely to break a promise made in fear.
(b) Men care more about offending those they love than those they fear.
(c) A prince should be quick to believe and quick to act.
(d) It is better to be feared than loved.

4. What example does Machiavelli give of a dominion that is a limb of a larger one?
(a) The Prince of Venice as part of the dominions of France.
(b) The Holy Roman Empire.
(c) The Medici as part of the Borgia dominions.
(d) The King of Naples as part of the dominions of Spain.

5. 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) Bribe his nobles to help him.
(c) Get his subjects to do favors for him.
(d) Have parties within the walls as though nothing is wrong outside.

Short Answer Questions

1. Prior to Charles VIII of France coming to Italy, what was the main focus of the Pope, the Venetians, the King of Naples, the Duke of Milan, and the Florentines?

2. Which examples does Machiavelli use to support the idea of not being overly generous?

3. Why does Machiavelli say that new territories are harder to govern than hereditary ones?

4. What characteristic of a leader can change fortune according to Machiavelli?

5. What is Machiavelli removing from the political thinking during a time when the Roman Catholic Church was still appointing Emperors?

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