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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) Bribing the military.
(b) Holding many public meetings.
(c) Making themselves popular with the people.
(d) Promising to lower taxes.

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) Beause he did not plan what to do after he became prince.
(d) Because his cruelty continued after he came to power.

4. What is it that Machiavelli prizes most of his possessions?
(a) His knowledge of the actions of great men.
(b) Fine fabrics.
(c) Horses and armor.
(d) Gold and precious gems.

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

6. How did the Romans maintain control in Capua, Carthage, and Numantia?
(a) They moved the Roman capital to Carthage.
(b) They destroyed them and set up their own system of government.
(c) They allowed them to select government officials from their own citizens.
(d) They made them all Roman citizens with new priviliges.

7. How does Machiavelli say Agathocles became Prince of Syracuse?
(a) Beheading anyone who opposed him.
(b) Assembling the Senate to confer and then having them all killed.
(c) Getting the poor people to support him against the aristocracy.
(d) Defeating the Carthiginians.

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

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

10. Does Machiavelli suggest that rising to power through cruelty is always wrong?
(a) He believes that cruelty must continue to be successful.
(b) He suggests that there is a proper use of cruelty.
(c) He says any use of cruelty cannot be justified.
(d) He states that political assassination is not cruelty.

11. What does Machiavelli see as the problem with barons?
(a) The people tend to give more aligeance to the barrons than to the prince.
(b) The people do not understand the difference between a prince and a baron.
(c) Barons are known for being cruel and causing trouble.
(d) Barons can do only what the prince orders.

12. 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 barons hold their titles by heredity and not by the favor of the prince, so there is less loyalty.
(c) The prince becomes lazy and leaves everything up to the barons.
(d) If the prince dies the barons all lose their hereditary titles.

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

14. Who was responsible for weakening the power of Colonna and Orsini, the barons of Rome?
(a) Remiro d'Orco.
(b) King Louis VII.
(c) Charles VIII of France.
(d) Cesare Borgia.

15. 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 war among themselves.
(c) To form an Italian Republic.
(d) To keep foreigners out of Italy.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Machiavelli put forward as an example of a King who made all the mistakes in ruling a new territory?

2. What does Machiavelli say about skilled mercenary captains?

3. What does Machiavelli say will be an advantage to a prince who lost his dominion by force of arms?

4. What was Machiavelli's method for learning political government?

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

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