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

2. 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.

3. How does Machiavelli describe the temper (mindset) of the public?
(a) Easily maintained.
(b) Careless.
(c) Fickle.
(d) Ignorant.

4. Why is Niccolo Machiavelli suddenly out of a job?
(a) He insulted Prince Lorenzo de Medici.
(b) He has taken too much time off.
(c) He has been working for the government overthrown by the Medici.
(d) He has had a long illness.

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

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

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

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

9. Prior to Charles VIII of France coming to Italy, what was the main focus of the Pope, the Venetians, the King of Naples, the Duke of Milan, and the Florentines?
(a) To restore the Roman Empire.
(b) To keep foreigners out of Italy.
(c) To war among themselves.
(d) To form an Italian Republic.

10. What is the advantage of the sole prince as ruler?
(a) There is only one person of higher rank than the prince.
(b) The people vest in him more complete authority.
(c) No one is confused about who the ruler is.
(d) In case of revolt, there is only one person to assassinate.

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

12. What is Machiavelli removing from the political thinking during a time when the Roman Catholic Church was still appointing Emperors?
(a) He is removing constitutional authority.
(b) He is removing objections to the combination of church and state.
(c) He is removing political involvement of the church.
(d) He is removing God from politics and the power equation.

13. What is the Renaissance Italian's view of political misfortune?
(a) Perceived weakness on the part of opponents.
(b) Something that just happens.
(c) Lack of ability to govern.
(d) Punishment of God for misdeeds.

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

15. Why does Machiavelli not discuss democracies?
(a) None existed at that time.
(b) He considered them inferior.
(c) He called democracy by another name.
(d) He rejected the idea outright as a madness of the Greeks.

Short Answer Questions

1. What example does Machiavelli cite as a wholly new princedom?

2. What is it that Machiavelli refrains from doing in his book?

3. What does Machiavelli see as the problem with barons?

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

5. What problem faces a prince appointed by the nobles?

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