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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Machiavelli suggest is the surest way to govern a conquered territory?
(a) Start paying higher salaries to bureaucrats.
(b) Destroy its civil and political systems first.
(c) Declare many holidays.
(d) Keep the old system in place.

3. What does Machiavelli say about skilled mercenary captains?
(a) They are hard to find.
(b) They are too expensive.
(c) They will only take orders from the prince.
(d) They cannot be trusted.

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

5. What does Machiavelli insist about a Prince who lost his dominion by force?
(a) He would have to run for his life and never return.
(b) It would be easy to get it back.
(c) He would lose all popularity with the people.
(d) The people would forget all about him.

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

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

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

9. 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 his ability as a writer.
(d) Experience and the absence of flattery.

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

11. The cities of what country are given as good examples of fortification?
(a) Sparta.
(b) Germany.
(c) France.
(d) Spain.

12. In THE PRINCE, why does Machiavelli deal only with dominions and not republics?
(a) He thought dominions were much harder to keep.
(b) He wrote about republics in another work.
(c) There were no republics in his day.
(d) Dominions are much larger than republics.

13. One Princedom, according to Machiavelli, is ruled by a sole prince; the other is by a prince and his barons. What does Machiavelli see as a weakness of the latter?
(a) The prince does always knows what the barons are doing in their territories.
(b) The prince becomes lazy and leaves everything up to the barons.
(c) If the prince dies the barons all lose their hereditary titles.
(d) The barons hold their titles by heredity and not by the favor of the prince, so there is less loyalty.

14. How can a prince deal with the people when they see their lands burning outside the city walls?
(a) He can tell them about the cruelties of the enemy if they are captured.
(b) He can issue food stamps.
(c) He can make them believe it is all just an illusion.
(d) He can tell them it is not as bad as it looks from inside the city walls.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Before Pope Alexander VI, what prevented the Church from gaining even more power?

3. What does Machiavelli suggest is the weakness of a mercenary military?

4. Why does Machiavelli say that Prince Lorenzo should not be surprised at what he is saying about new princedoms?

5. What example does Machiavelli give of a dominion that is a limb of a larger one?

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