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1. Explain the customary way to seek the favor and audience of a prince.

People tend to flatter a prince when they want something from him. In Machiavelli's day, they was often done by grand gifts and flowery words.

2. What value does Machiavelli put on his gift to Prince Lorenzo de Medici?

He considers his lifetime of study about the lives and fortunes of great leaders as being more valuable than gold. He modestly suggests that he has something to offer the prince that no one else can match.

3. How does Machiavelli explain a man of his common social standing being qualified to advise a prince?

He compares himself to a cartographer. He says that the map maker stands in the valleys to get a better perspective of the mountains and stands on the mountain to see the valleys better. Likewise, Machiavelli says that he has studied the people through the eyes of princes and princes through the eyes of the people.

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