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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) The people would forget all about him.
(c) He would lose all popularity with the people.
(d) It would be easy to get it back.

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

4. What type of principality does Machiavelli claim may be kept without talent or fortune?
(a) Hereditary.
(b) Absolute monarchy.
(c) Monastic.
(d) Ecclesiastical.

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

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

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

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

9. What example does Machiavelli give of a prince who regained power after the opposition of the Venetians and Pope Julius?
(a) The Duke of Genoa.
(b) The Duke of Earle.
(c) The Duke of Ferrara.
(d) The Duke of Milan.

10. What does say the sole prince can do that the prince with barons cannot?
(a) Change his residence whenever he likes.
(b) Move the subjects from place to place.
(c) Travel any time he wants.
(d) Shift the rulers of territories at his discretion.

11. What does Machiavelli say will be an advantage to a prince who lost his dominion by force of arms?
(a) The sympathy of the surrounding dominions.
(b) The tendency of new governments to rely heavily on hereditary princes.
(c) The money he was able to stash away before being invaded.
(d) A mishap on the part of the new government.

12. What reasons does Machiavelli put forward to get Prince Lorenzo to read his book?
(a) Experience and his low-born status.
(b) Experience and his personal need.
(c) Experience and the absence of flattery.
(d) Experience and his ability as a writer.

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

14. What form of government comes from a long line of ancestors?
(a) An elected dynasty.
(b) Princedoms formed by warring factions.
(c) New princedoms.
(d) A hereditary princedom.

15. After Alexander VI, how did the Pope continue to strengthen the Church's position?
(a) By military invasions of other dominions.
(b) By gaining more popularity among the Italians.
(c) By putting monasteries in new dominions.
(d) By selling ecclesiastical offices and annexing land.

Short Answer Questions

1. What ancient example does Machiavelli use to illustrate the rise to power through criminal actions?

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

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

4. How can a prince deal with the people when they see their lands burning outside the city walls?

5. What does Machiavelli cite as the measure of strength of a principality?

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