The Prince Quiz | Eight Week Quiz F

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 21.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why does Machiavelli not discuss democracies?
(a) None existed at that time.
(b) He considered them inferior.
(c) He called democracy by another name.
(d) He rejected the idea outright as a madness of the Greeks.

3. Why does Machiavelli not use Agathocles as an example of meritorious rise to power?
(a) Beause he did not plan what to do after he became prince.
(b) Because his cruelty continued after he came to power.
(c) Because he came from humble beginnings.
(d) Because he was not successful in gaining control of Sicily.

4. Cesare Borgia was helped in his drive for power by his father. Who was he?
(a) The military head of the Orsini.
(b) Pope Alexander IV.
(c) Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan.
(d) King Luis XII of France.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Machiavelli says that tensions between the nobles and commoners may result in a principality, a republic, or what other condition?

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

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

4. What does Machiavelli suggest is the weakness of a mercenary military?

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

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