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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do the Medici come to power?
(a) Through inheritance.
(b) Through clever political manipulation.
(c) Through democratic elections.
(d) Through war.

2. 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 tell them it is not as bad as it looks from inside the city walls.
(c) He can issue food stamps.
(d) He can make them believe it is all just an illusion.

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

4. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best solution for governing a new territory?
(a) The new Prince should raise taxes.
(b) The new Prince should kill his own military commanders.
(c) The new Prince should live there.
(d) The new Prince should go away and let the people have self-rule.

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

6. Citing Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus, what distinction does Machiavelli make about Moses?
(a) Instead of ruling the Egyptians after defeating them, he left.
(b) There was something in Moses, some ability that made him worthy to speak with God.
(c) There is no histroy of Moses outside of the Jewish holy writings.
(d) Moses never actually established himself as a leader.

7. What was Machiavelli's method for learning political government?
(a) He relied on his own intuitions.
(b) He tried all methods of government himself.
(c) He formed a college to study the various ideas.
(d) He studied the outstanding rulers of the past.

8. 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.

9. What ancient example does Machiavelli use to illustrate the rise to power through criminal actions?
(a) Moses.
(b) Alexander the Great.
(c) Pope Alexander IV.
(d) Agathocles of Sicily.

10. What does Machiavelli say was the reason for successes by Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus?
(a) It had nothing to do with fortune, but was because of their own talents.
(b) They were standing in the right place at the right time.
(c) Like Moses, they could talk with God.
(d) They did not understand the thinking of the people.

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

12. Why does Machiavelli say a hereditary prince is usually more loved by his subjects?
(a) He goes to school with the children of the princedom.
(b) His face is on their coins.
(c) He has less of a chance of giving offense.
(d) He allows the people to do exactly as they please.

13. 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 keep foreigners out of Italy.
(b) To restore the Roman Empire.
(c) To war among themselves.
(d) To form an Italian Republic.

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

15. Why does Machiavelli say that Prince Lorenzo should not be surprised at what he is saying about new princedoms?
(a) He is the only man who knows the facts he is about to reveal.
(b) He will talk only about princes he has known personally.
(c) He is citing his own experience as a new prince.
(d) He is giving the highest examples from history.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the advantage of the sole prince as ruler?

2. If a city is well fortified against attack, what will cause the enemy to retreat?

3. What is the advantage of the prince selected by the people?

4. What example does Machiavelli give of a prince who regained power after the opposition of the Venetians and Pope Julius?

5. Why does Machiavelli not use Agathocles as an example of meritorious rise to power?

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