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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What themes does Machiavelli introduce in Chapter One?
(a) The importance of a republic.
(b) Arms and strategy.
(c) Good fortune and merit.
(d) Colonization and residency.

2. 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) A son of one of the murdered men put poison in his wine.
(d) Cesare Borgia did the same thing to him.

3. What happened when Rome tried to use the same methods the Spartans had used with Greece?
(a) They succeeded by expanding on the Spartan idea.
(b) They succeeded by adding Roman universities to the Greek educational system.
(c) They found it easy to get Greeks to adopt Roman ways.
(d) They failed and had to go back and destroy many cities.

4. In the event that the prince cannot afford a large army, what should he do?
(a) Have a good plan to escape if attacked.
(b) Make sure his city is well fortified.
(c) Post lookouts in the countryside.
(d) Negotiate diplomatically with any potential enemies.

5. The next best way to rule a new territory, according to Machiavelli, is to establish a colony. Why?
(a) The people who have been harmed can take revenge easily.
(b) The conquered people get lots of land and plenty to eat.
(c) The only people really annoyed will be those who have lost their land.
(d) The people can now take justice into their own hands.

6. What was Cesare Borgia's greatest mistake according to Machiavelli?
(a) Failure to get medical attention soon enough.
(b) Allowing the election of Pope Julius II.
(c) Distancing himself from the French court.
(d) Helping the Spanish cardinals elect a Spanish Pope.

7. What was Machiavelli's method for learning political government?
(a) He tried all methods of government himself.
(b) He studied the outstanding rulers of the past.
(c) He relied on his own intuitions.
(d) He formed a college to study the various ideas.

8. What advantage does Machiavelli point out for Princes who rule hereditary dominions?
(a) People are accustomed to rule by that family.
(b) The Prince who inherited his donimion can disband his army.
(c) He can get away with having more vices.
(d) It is impossible for him to lose his dominion.

9. How does Machiavelli define a new princedom or dominion?
(a) One that comes from political intrigue.
(b) One that does not come from a long line of ruling ancestors.
(c) One that is an entirely new settlement.
(d) One that kills all the citizens of the old regime.

10. 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.

11. What form of government comes from a long line of ancestors?
(a) Princedoms formed by warring factions.
(b) An elected dynasty.
(c) New princedoms.
(d) A hereditary princedom.

12. What does Machiavelli say was the real cause of Cesare Borgia's ultimate failure?
(a) His lack of knowledge of what to do after his father's death.
(b) His opposition from the new Pope after the death of Alexander IV.
(c) His ill health after the death of his father.
(d) His bad choices of political allies.

13. Why does Machiavelli say that Prince Lorenzo should not be surprised at what he is saying about new princedoms?
(a) He is giving the highest examples from history.
(b) He is the only man who knows the facts he is about to reveal.
(c) He is citing his own experience as a new prince.
(d) He will talk only about princes he has known personally.

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

15. What does Machiavelli say will be an advantage to a prince who lost his dominion by force of arms?
(a) A mishap on the part of the new government.
(b) The money he was able to stash away before being invaded.
(c) The tendency of new governments to rely heavily on hereditary princes.
(d) The sympathy of the surrounding dominions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What example does Machiavelli give of a conquered territory rebelling against 100 years of servitude?

2. Why does Machiavelli insist that hereditary princedoms are more easily maintained?

3. What role does morality play in keeping a dominion safe according to Machiavelli?

4. What reasons does Machiavelli put forward to get Prince Lorenzo to read his book?

5. Machiavelli gives the example of how Cesare Borgia used Minister Remiro d'Orco in his plan to rule Romagna. After d'Orco brought the territory under control, what does Machiavelli say Cesare Borgia did to get the loyalty of the people?

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