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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Nabis, Prince of Sparta.
(d) Cesar Borgia of Romagna.

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

3. 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 selling ecclesiastical offices and annexing land.
(d) By putting monasteries in new dominions.

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

5. How does Machiavelli say that those who help a prince obtain a new princedom may turn against him?
(a) By deciding that they do not need the prince.
(b) By going elsewhere to fight new battles.
(c) By becoming jealous of his new power.
(d) By not receiving what was promised to them.

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

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

8. What, according to Machiavelli, will always make a prince's position insecure?
(a) Failure to spend the money for a mercenary military.
(b) Being in control of the military.
(c) Relying on mercenary or auxiliary military forces.
(d) Putting too much emphasis on military rule.

9. What example does Machiavelli give of a conquered territory rebelling against 100 years of servitude?
(a) Persia throwing off the rule of Alexander the Great.
(b) Pisa arising against the Florentines.
(c) Carthage getting its independence from Rome.
(d) Egypt going to war with Sparta.

10. To whom does Machiavelli compare himself in writing this book?
(a) A choreographer.
(b) A chemist.
(c) A cartographer.
(d) A professor.

11. 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?
(a) He gave d'Orco the power to kill anyone who opposed him.
(b) He told the people that d'Orco was acting on his orders.
(c) He retired d'Orco and gave him a lifetime pension.
(d) He executed d'Orco to make the people love and trust him.

12. 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) Using language of respect that is usually spoken before a prince.
(d) Giving only the facts of great leaders and how they governed.

13. What one thing does Machiavelli insist that every prince needs?
(a) The good will of the people.
(b) A strong military.
(c) To read his book.
(d) Deep pockets.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How can a prince deal with the people when they see their lands burning outside the city walls?

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

4. Why is Niccolo Machiavelli suddenly out of a job?

5. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best solution for governing a new territory?

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