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. What does Machiavelli suggest makes for peace in a dominion?
(a) A brilliant and vocal Prince.
(b) Each day being the same as the day before.
(c) A Prince who knows how to hide his bad habits.
(d) A Prince who knows how to keep the people in line by force.

2. What does Machiavelli say is the first requirement of a commander?
(a) Making constant changes in his miliary command.
(b) Frequently reviewing his troops.
(c) Making sure he has the money to pay his mercenaries.
(d) Knowing how to locate the enemy, deploy his soldiers, and lay siege to a city.

3. How does Machiavelli say a private citizen might make himself a prince?
(a) By avoiding war and promoting peace.
(b) By becoming proficient in war and rising in rank.
(c) By hiring his own mercenaries.
(d) By becoming a puppet of an enemy military.

4. What were the results of Sparta setting up oligarchies in Athens and Thebes after they conquered them?
(a) They held them for a thousand years.
(b) They changed their own forms of government.
(c) They learned how to retain a possession.
(d) They lost the new territories.

5. One Princedom, according to Machiavelli, is ruled by a sole prince; the other is by a prince and his barons. What does Machiavelli see as a weakness of the latter?
(a) The barons hold their titles by heredity and not by the favor of the prince, so there is less loyalty.
(b) If the prince dies the barons all lose their hereditary titles.
(c) The prince becomes lazy and leaves everything up to the barons.
(d) The prince does always knows what the barons are doing in their territories.

Short Answer Questions

1. Machiavelli gives the example of how Cesare Borgia used Minister Remiro d'Orco in his plan to rule Romagna. After d'Orco brought the territory under control, what does Machiavelli say Cesare Borgia did to get the loyalty of the people?

2. What is the advantage of the sole prince as ruler?

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

4. How can a common citizen rise to political power?

5. What is it that Machiavelli refrains from doing in his book?

(see the answer key)

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