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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What problem faces a prince appointed by the nobles?
(a) The people know they have rights under a price appointed by the nobles.
(b) The nobles see themselves as his equal and are not inclined to obey him.
(c) The nobles never have the good will of the people which makes for tensions.
(d) The people will only support a prince appointed by the nobles.

2. What does Machiavelli say are the two foundations necessary for a princedom?
(a) Total military rule and a contented public.
(b) A popular prince and a mercenary military.
(c) Sound laws that do not rely on a military.
(d) Sound laws and a sound military.

3. Why does Machiavelli insist that hereditary princedoms are more easily maintained?
(a) The prince changes things often at his own whim.
(b) The people are already familiar with that form of government.
(c) All people everywhere actually prefer a prince.
(d) The prince has more power than a republic.

4. How do the Medici come to power?
(a) Through war.
(b) Through democratic elections.
(c) Through inheritance.
(d) Through clever political manipulation.

5. How does Machiavelli say Agathocles became Prince of Syracuse?
(a) Assembling the Senate to confer and then having them all killed.
(b) Getting the poor people to support him against the aristocracy.
(c) Beheading anyone who opposed him.
(d) Defeating the Carthiginians.

6. Machiavelli says that tensions between the nobles and commoners may result in a principality, a republic, or what other condition?
(a) Indifference.
(b) Anarchy.
(c) Democracy.
(d) Heavy taxation.

7. What does Machiavelli cite as the measure of strength of a principality?
(a) Enough money to pay bribes.
(b) The ability to field a strong army.
(c) The popularity of the prince.
(d) The total land area of the principality.

8. 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?
(a) He died of natural causes before he could become Prince of Fermo.
(b) He was accidentally killed by a poorly aimed arrow.
(c) Cesare Borgia did the same thing to him.
(d) A son of one of the murdered men put poison in his wine.

9. Why is setting up a system of government using conquered citizens effective?
(a) They do not have to pay tribute to the new prince.
(b) They do not have to make friends of the new prince.
(c) They see they cannot survive without the protection and support of the conquering prince.
(d) They see that everything will be exactly like their old government.

10. What is it that Machiavelli refrains from doing in his book?
(a) Using high sounding literary devices to make the work seem more important.
(b) Making everything brief in his writing so that main points are missed.
(c) Giving only the facts of great leaders and how they governed.
(d) Using language of respect that is usually spoken before a prince.

11. If a city is well fortified against attack, what will cause the enemy to retreat?
(a) They will retreat because they are cold outside the walls of the city.
(b) They will retreat because they cannot afford a long seige.
(c) They will retreat because the fortified city makes them believe there are other armies in the field.
(d) They will retreat because they do not have enough supplies to feed themselves.

12. What example does Machiavelli give of a dominion that is a limb of a larger one?
(a) The King of Naples as part of the dominions of Spain.
(b) The Holy Roman Empire.
(c) The Medici as part of the Borgia dominions.
(d) The Prince of Venice as part of the dominions of France.

13. What characteristic of a leader can change fortune according to Machiavelli?
(a) The will of the people.
(b) A person's innate ability.
(c) Being at the right place and in the right time.
(d) The intervention of God.

14. What role does morality play in keeping a dominion safe according to Machiavelli?
(a) None whatsoever.
(b) It is only necessary for hereditary Princedoms.
(c) Everything. The Prince must be ruled by God.
(d) Only a little. People barely notice such things.

15. What ancient example does Machiavelli use to illustrate the rise to power through criminal actions?
(a) Pope Alexander IV.
(b) Agathocles of Sicily.
(c) Alexander the Great.
(d) Moses.

Short Answer Questions

1. What advantage does Machiavelli point out for Princes who rule hereditary dominions?

2. What does Machiavelli say about skilled mercenary captains?

3. What does Machiavelli suggest is the surest way to govern a conquered territory?

4. What happened when Rome tried to use the same methods the Spartans had used with Greece?

5. What were the results of Sparta setting up oligarchies in Athens and Thebes after they conquered them?

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