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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of principality does Machiavelli claim may be kept without talent or fortune?
(a) Monastic.
(b) Hereditary.
(c) Ecclesiastical.
(d) Absolute monarchy.

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

3. Why does Machiavelli not use Agathocles as an example of meritorious rise to power?
(a) Because he was not successful in gaining control of Sicily.
(b) Because he came from humble beginnings.
(c) Because his cruelty continued after he came to power.
(d) Beause he did not plan what to do after he became prince.

4. What example does Machiavelli give of a prince who had the support of his people and was able to withstand invasion?
(a) Giorgio Scalli of Florence.
(b) Gracci of Rome.
(c) Cesar Borgia of Romagna.
(d) Nabis, Prince of Sparta.

5. 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 Prince of Venice as part of the dominions of France.
(c) The Holy Roman Empire.
(d) The Medici as part of the Borgia dominions.

6. After Alexander VI, how did the Pope continue to strengthen the Church's position?
(a) By gaining more popularity among the Italians.
(b) By military invasions of other dominions.
(c) By putting monasteries in new dominions.
(d) By selling ecclesiastical offices and annexing land.

7. What reasons does Machiavelli put forward to get Prince Lorenzo to read his book?
(a) Experience and his personal need.
(b) Experience and his low-born status.
(c) Experience and the absence of flattery.
(d) Experience and his ability as a writer.

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

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

10. What are the two types of government identified by Machiavelli?
(a) Kingdom and City State.
(b) State and Republic.
(c) City State and Territory.
(d) State and Dominion.

11. How can a common citizen rise to political power?
(a) As a compromise between two parties.
(b) By popular election.
(c) Through the help of friends.
(d) With a lot of money behind him.

12. What does Machiavelli suggest may make a hereditary ruler unpopular with his people?
(a) Using his army to gain more territory.
(b) Outrageous vices.
(c) Never changing the way they are accustomed to being ruled.
(d) Staying away from the princedom for long periods of time.

13. What can deprive a prince of his princedom?
(a) Disagreements within a family of hereditary rulers.
(b) Public elections.
(c) Extrodinary and irresistable force.
(d) Revolution among the lowest class of subjects.

14. Machiavelli says some new princes may gain their new states either in exchange for money or as a favor. What other means does he point out for gaining a state?
(a) Making themselves popular with the people.
(b) Promising to lower taxes.
(c) Holding many public meetings.
(d) Bribing the military.

15. Aside from humble beginnings, what does Machiavelli say that Agathocles and Oliverotto have in common?
(a) They refused to resort to political assassination.
(b) They knew what they wanted and made a plan to get it.
(c) They were both Italians.
(d) They got their positions from other princes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What themes does Machiavelli introduce in Chapter One?

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

3. What does Machiavelli say was the real cause of Cesare Borgia's ultimate failure?

4. What is the advantage of the sole prince as ruler?

5. Why does Machiavelli not discuss democracies?

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