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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What powerful force does Machiavelli say can efface innovations in government?
(a) Disdain for the past.
(b) Expectations.
(c) Memories.
(d) More and more innovation.

7. After gaining dominions by merit, how does Machiavelli say a prince can hold his new territories?
(a) Easily.
(b) It is impossible.
(c) Rarely.
(d) With great difficulty.

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

9. What is Machiavelli offering the Prince Lorenzo de Medici?
(a) The chance to become king of all Italy.
(b) Means of mastering in a short time all Machiavelli has learned about governing.
(c) A large book of rules for new princes to use in governing the people.
(d) Personal introductions to great men Machiavelli knows.

10. What is the advantage of the prince selected by the people?
(a) The people will see the prince change them in many ways.
(b) He will have their support because all they want is not to be oppresed.
(c) The nobles will always see this as a good sign and cooperate with the prince.
(d) He will be unable to ignore the wishes of the nobles.

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

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

13. Why did Machiavelli say that Italy has been overrun by Charles, plundered by Louis, ravished by Ferdinand, and dishonored by the Swiss?
(a) Because it has no central government.
(b) Because the Italians have forgotten the military methods of the Roman Empire.
(c) Because it has had only a mercenary military.
(d) Because too many people are in charge of the military.

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

15. What does Machiavelli see as an inevitable result of changes in government?
(a) Growth of the dominion by annexation.
(b) Pleasure of the subjects who like to see a lot of changes.
(c) Better conditions for the subjects of a dominion.
(d) A dovetailing of more and more change.

Short Answer Questions

1. What problem faces a prince appointed by the nobles?

2. 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?

3. What example does Machiavelli give of a conquered territory rebelling against 100 years of servitude?

4. How does Machiavelli describe the temper (mindset) of the public?

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

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