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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Bribing the military.
(c) Holding many public meetings.
(d) Promising to lower taxes.

2. Aside from humble beginnings, what does Machiavelli say that Agathocles and Oliverotto have in common?
(a) They were both Italians.
(b) They knew what they wanted and made a plan to get it.
(c) They refused to resort to political assassination.
(d) They got their positions from other princes.

3. What does Machiavelli suggest makes for peace in a dominion?
(a) Each day being the same as the day before.
(b) A Prince who knows how to hide his bad habits.
(c) A brilliant and vocal Prince.
(d) A Prince who knows how to keep the people in line by force.

4. How does Machiavelli say that those who help a prince obtain a new princedom may turn against him?
(a) By going elsewhere to fight new battles.
(b) By not receiving what was promised to them.
(c) By becoming jealous of his new power.
(d) By deciding that they do not need the prince.

5. What does Machiavelli see as the problem with barons?
(a) Barons are known for being cruel and causing trouble.
(b) The people do not understand the difference between a prince and a baron.
(c) The people tend to give more aligeance to the barrons than to the prince.
(d) Barons can do only what the prince orders.

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

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

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

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

10. How can a prince deal with the people when they see their lands burning outside the city walls?
(a) He can tell them it is not as bad as it looks from inside the city walls.
(b) He can tell them about the cruelties of the enemy if they are captured.
(c) He can issue food stamps.
(d) He can make them believe it is all just an illusion.

11. 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.

12. Why does Machiavelli not use Agathocles as an example of meritorious rise to power?
(a) Because he was not successful in gaining control of Sicily.
(b) Because he came from humble beginnings.
(c) Beause he did not plan what to do after he became prince.
(d) Because his cruelty continued after he came to power.

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

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

15. What problem faces a prince appointed by the nobles?
(a) The nobles see themselves as his equal and are not inclined to obey him.
(b) The people will only support a prince appointed by the nobles.
(c) The people know they have rights under a price appointed by the nobles.
(d) The nobles never have the good will of the people which makes for tensions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What example does Machiavelli give of a dominion that is a limb of a larger one?

2. What factor does Machiavelli suggest makes it easier to rule a new territory?

3. The cities of what country are given as good examples of fortification?

4. What role does morality play in keeping a dominion safe according to Machiavelli?

5. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best solution for governing a new territory?

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