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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Machiavelli says that tensions between the nobles and commoners may result in a principality, a republic, or what other condition?
(a) Democracy.
(b) Heavy taxation.
(c) Indifference.
(d) Anarchy.

2. What example does Machiavelli give of a dominion that is a limb of a larger one?
(a) The Medici as part of the Borgia dominions.
(b) The King of Naples as part of the dominions of Spain.
(c) The Holy Roman Empire.
(d) The Prince of Venice as part of the dominions of France.

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

4. Cesare Borgia was helped in his drive for power by his father. Who was he?
(a) The military head of the Orsini.
(b) King Luis XII of France.
(c) Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan.
(d) Pope Alexander IV.

5. Who was responsible for weakening the power of Colonna and Orsini, the barons of Rome?
(a) Cesare Borgia.
(b) Charles VIII of France.
(c) King Louis VII.
(d) Remiro d'Orco.

6. 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 the Italians have forgotten the military methods of the Roman Empire.
(c) Because it has no central government.
(d) Because too many people are in charge of the military.

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

8. 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 threat of invasion by France.
(d) The commercial power of the Venetians.

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

10. What was Machiavelli's method for learning political government?
(a) He tried all methods of government himself.
(b) He formed a college to study the various ideas.
(c) He studied the outstanding rulers of the past.
(d) He relied on his own intuitions.

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

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

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

14. What is the advantage of the sole prince as ruler?
(a) In case of revolt, there is only one person to assassinate.
(b) There is only one person of higher rank than the prince.
(c) The people vest in him more complete authority.
(d) No one is confused about who the ruler is.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How do the Medici come to power?

4. What does Machiavelli say a new prince must do quickly after gaining a new dominion?

5. What is the advantage of the prince selected by the people?

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