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. 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?
(a) To form an Italian Republic.
(b) To war among themselves.
(c) To keep foreigners out of Italy.
(d) To restore the Roman Empire.

2. What powerful force does Machiavelli say can efface innovations in government?
(a) Disdain for the past.
(b) Memories.
(c) More and more innovation.
(d) Expectations.

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

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) Goodness will preserve his princedom while vices will bring his downfall.
(c) His goodness may lead to his downfall whereas his vices may sometimes keep him safe.
(d) People see goodness as weakness and vices as strengths.

5. Ferdinand of Spain became strong by waging war. What did he use to do that and get the people behind him?
(a) The name of religion.
(b) The prosperity from military spending.
(c) He only chose popular wars.
(d) The divine right of kings.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli cite as the measure of strength of a principality?

2. How does Machiavelli say that the successors of Alexander the Great were able to retain power after his untimely death?

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

4. What is the advantage of the prince selected by the people?

5. What Biblical example does Machiavelli use to show that someone else's arms are useless?

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