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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. In the event that the prince cannot afford a large army, what should he do?
(a) Negotiate diplomatically with any potential enemies.
(b) Post lookouts in the countryside.
(c) Have a good plan to escape if attacked.
(d) Make sure his city is well fortified.

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

6. What was the motivation for Machiavelli to write THE PRINCE?
(a) He wanted to become a prince.
(b) He wanted to start a revolution.
(c) He wanted to become a famous author.
(d) He wanted Prince Lorenzo de Medici to employ him.

7. Who does Machiavelli put forward as an example of a King who made all the mistakes in ruling a new territory?
(a) Duke Lodovico.
(b) Louis XII of France.
(c) Charles I of Spain.
(d) Archduke Ferdinand of Austria.

8. What is Machiavelli's example of rule by a sole prince?
(a) The Turk empire.
(b) The Kingdom of France.
(c) The Kingdom of Spain.
(d) The Holy Roman Empire.

9. What is it that Machiavelli refrains from doing in his book?
(a) Using language of respect that is usually spoken before a prince.
(b) Using high sounding literary devices to make the work seem more important.
(c) Giving only the facts of great leaders and how they governed.
(d) Making everything brief in his writing so that main points are missed.

10. How can a common citizen rise to political power?
(a) With a lot of money behind him.
(b) Through the help of friends.
(c) As a compromise between two parties.
(d) By popular election.

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

12. What does Machiavelli say are the two foundations necessary for a princedom?
(a) A popular prince and a mercenary military.
(b) Sound laws and a sound military.
(c) Sound laws that do not rely on a military.
(d) Total military rule and a contented public.

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

14. The next best way to rule a new territory, according to Machiavelli, is to establish a colony. Why?
(a) The people who have been harmed can take revenge easily.
(b) The people can now take justice into their own hands.
(c) The only people really annoyed will be those who have lost their land.
(d) The conquered people get lots of land and plenty to eat.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What, according to Machiavelli, will always make a prince's position insecure?

2. Why does Machiavelli insist that hereditary princedoms are more easily maintained?

3. Why is Niccolo Machiavelli suddenly out of a job?

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

5. After gaining dominions by merit, how does Machiavelli say a prince can hold his new territories?

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