The Prince Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 25.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Machiavelli justify his position that a prince is not duty bound to keep his word?
(a) He says it is the only way to keep the people satisfied that he knows what he is doing.
(b) He says men are basically self-centered and will not keep their word, so the prince is not obligated to do so.
(c) He says that a prince should always change his mind about everything until he gets all the facts.
(d) He says that people always believe everything a prince says, so he can say what he pleases.

2. Why does Machiavelli insist that a prince recalled by the people after being conquered offers him no security?
(a) It does not depend upon the prince himself for success.
(b) It is probably only a stop-gap moment.
(c) It is noble and, therefore, weak.
(d) It is only a last ditch effort at establishing the dominion.

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

4. Ending his discussion of Ecclesiastical Dominions, why is Machiavelli so circumspect about the current Pope?
(a) Pope Leo fears Niccolo Machiavelli.
(b) Pope Leo is the uncle of Lorenzo de Medici.
(c) Pope Leo might give Machiavelli a job.
(d) Pope Leo does not support the Medici.

5. What is the first test of a new prince as a judge?
(a) The number of executions he orders at the beginning of his reign.
(b) The amount of public aid he offers the people.
(c) Firing his military leaders and putting them into prison.
(d) The wisdom and ability of the ministers he chooses to help him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the custom of Machiavelli's day in approaching a prince?

2. What does Machiavelli say about skilled mercenary captains?

3. In the event that the prince cannot afford a large army, what should he do?

4. What Roman Emperor does Machiavelli cite as an example of being both a lion and a fox?

5. What does Machiavelli say will be an advantage to a prince who lost his dominion by force of arms?

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