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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What can deprive a prince of his princedom?
(a) Revolution among the lowest class of subjects.
(b) Extrodinary and irresistable force.
(c) Disagreements within a family of hereditary rulers.
(d) Public elections.

3. Ending his discussion of Ecclesiastical Dominions, why is Machiavelli so circumspect about the current Pope?
(a) Pope Leo might give Machiavelli a job.
(b) Pope Leo fears Niccolo Machiavelli.
(c) Pope Leo does not support the Medici.
(d) Pope Leo is the uncle of Lorenzo de Medici.

4. Why is Niccolo Machiavelli suddenly out of a job?
(a) He has had a long illness.
(b) He has taken too much time off.
(c) He has been working for the government overthrown by the Medici.
(d) He insulted Prince Lorenzo de Medici.

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

6. 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 told the people that d'Orco was acting on his orders.
(b) He executed d'Orco to make the people love and trust him.
(c) He gave d'Orco the power to kill anyone who opposed him.
(d) He retired d'Orco and gave him a lifetime pension.

7. 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 had only a mercenary military.
(b) Because it has no central government.
(c) Because the Italians have forgotten the military methods of the Roman Empire.
(d) Because too many people are in charge of the military.

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

9. What does Machiavelli suggest may make a hereditary ruler unpopular with his people?
(a) Outrageous vices.
(b) Never changing the way they are accustomed to being ruled.
(c) Using his army to gain more territory.
(d) Staying away from the princedom for long periods of time.

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

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

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

13. What does Machiavelli say a new prince must do quickly after gaining a new dominion?
(a) Build a new palace.
(b) Read his book.
(c) Hand out money.
(d) Learn quickly.

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

15. To whom does Machiavelli compare himself in writing this book?
(a) A choreographer.
(b) A professor.
(c) A cartographer.
(d) A chemist.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How did the Romans maintain control in Capua, Carthage, and Numantia?

3. What does Machiavelli say are the two foundations necessary for a princedom?

4. What one thing does Machiavelli insist that every prince needs?

5. Why does Machiavelli say a hereditary prince is usually more loved by his subjects?

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