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. Why should a new prince not disarm his people?
(a) It gives the people added duties and importance.
(b) Having arms is a basic human right.
(c) It shows that he either distrusts the people or fears them.
(d) Disarmed people cannot protect their prince.

2. Who does Machiavelli say should always be in charge of the troops in a princedom?
(a) A relative of the prince.
(b) A trusted civilian commander.
(c) The prince himself.
(d) A well paid mercenary captain.

3. 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 prince becomes lazy and leaves everything up to the barons.
(b) The barons hold their titles by heredity and not by the favor of the prince, so there is less loyalty.
(c) If the prince dies the barons all lose their hereditary titles.
(d) The prince does always knows what the barons are doing in their territories.

4. How does Machiavelli think New Dominions were formed?
(a) Through Ability or Accident.
(b) Through War and Pestilence.
(c) Through democratic elections.
(d) Through Fortune or Ability.

5. What does Machiavelli mean when he says "impetuousness is better than calculation"?
(a) Fortune admits more readily to boldness than to calculation.
(b) Young men are too cautious to be successful.
(c) Old men are usually more daring and agressive in their actions.
(d) Calculation enables one to do innovative things.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Machiavelli define auxiliary forces?

2. What did Heiro of Syracuse do when he realized his mercenary troops were worthless?

3. Who does Machiavelli single out as a prince who was always prepared for war?

4. What characteristic of a leader can change fortune according to Machiavelli?

5. Does Machiavelli suggest that rising to power through cruelty is always wrong?

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