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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 21.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What historical example does Machiavelli give to show how a military should be organized?
(a) Sparticus and the Roman slaves.
(b) Phillip, father of Alexander the Great.
(c) Darius, King of Persia.
(d) The last days of the Roman Empire.
2. What is it that Machiavelli prizes most of his possessions?
(a) Fine fabrics.
(b) Horses and armor.
(c) Gold and precious gems.
(d) His knowledge of the actions of great men.
3. What does Machiavelli say was the reason for successes by Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus?
(a) They were standing in the right place at the right time.
(b) They did not understand the thinking of the people.
(c) Like Moses, they could talk with God.
(d) It had nothing to do with fortune, but was because of their own talents.
4. What does Machiavelli say are the two foundations necessary for a princedom?
(a) A popular prince and a mercenary military.
(b) Total military rule and a contented public.
(c) Sound laws that do not rely on a military.
(d) Sound laws and a sound military.
5. How do the Medici come to power?
(a) Through democratic elections.
(b) Through clever political manipulation.
(c) Through inheritance.
(d) Through war.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Machiavelli say a prince can make himself feared without making himself hated?
2. What is the irony of the death of Oliverotto of Fermo who came to power by assembling all the leaders for a dinner and then killing them all?
3. Why should a prince keep down factions in his princedom?
4. What does Machiavelli cite as the measure of strength of a principality?
5. Who can successfully gain the reputation for generosity but not ruin himself in the process?
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