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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Before Pope Alexander VI, what prevented the Church from gaining even more power?
(a) Wars fought between the Colonna, the Orsini and the Pope.
(b) The separation of Church and State.
(c) The commercial power of the Venetians.
(d) The threat of invasion by France.

4. What role does morality play in keeping a dominion safe according to Machiavelli?
(a) None whatsoever.
(b) It is only necessary for hereditary Princedoms.
(c) Everything. The Prince must be ruled by God.
(d) Only a little. People barely notice such things.

5. 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 tell them it is not as bad as it looks from inside the city walls.
(c) He can issue food stamps.
(d) He can tell them about the cruelties of the enemy if they are captured.

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

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

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

9. What were the results of Sparta setting up oligarchies in Athens and Thebes after they conquered them?
(a) They changed their own forms of government.
(b) They held them for a thousand years.
(c) They lost the new territories.
(d) They learned how to retain a possession.

10. What example does Machiavelli cite as a wholly new princedom?
(a) The Kingdom of Spain.
(b) Venice under the Doge.
(c) Milan under Francesco Sforza.
(d) The new Kingdom of Naples.

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 retired d'Orco and gave him a lifetime pension.
(b) He told the people that d'Orco was acting on his orders.
(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.

12. What characteristic of a leader can change fortune according to Machiavelli?
(a) The intervention of God.
(b) Being at the right place and in the right time.
(c) A person's innate ability.
(d) The will of the people.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Machiavelli say that new territories are harder to govern than hereditary ones?

2. In THE PRINCE, why does Machiavelli deal only with dominions and not republics?

3. Aside from granting favors to his subjects during a siege, what does Machiavelli suggest a wise prince might do?

4. What form of government comes from a long line of ancestors?

5. What does Machiavelli say was the real cause of Cesare Borgia's ultimate failure?

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