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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What example does Machiavelli give of a conquered territory rebelling against 100 years of servitude?
(a) Carthage getting its independence from Rome.
(b) Pisa arising against the Florentines.
(c) Egypt going to war with Sparta.
(d) Persia throwing off the rule of Alexander the Great.

4. What is it that Machiavelli refrains from doing in his book?
(a) Using high sounding literary devices to make the work seem more important.
(b) Using language of respect that is usually spoken before a prince.
(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.

5. What themes does Machiavelli introduce in Chapter One?
(a) The importance of a republic.
(b) Good fortune and merit.
(c) Colonization and residency.
(d) Arms and strategy.

6. What does Machiavelli cite as the measure of strength of a principality?
(a) The popularity of the prince.
(b) The total land area of the principality.
(c) The ability to field a strong army.
(d) Enough money to pay bribes.

7. What form of government comes from a long line of ancestors?
(a) A hereditary princedom.
(b) Princedoms formed by warring factions.
(c) An elected dynasty.
(d) New princedoms.

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

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

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

11. Why is setting up a system of government using conquered citizens effective?
(a) They see that everything will be exactly like their old government.
(b) They do not have to pay tribute to the new prince.
(c) They see they cannot survive without the protection and support of the conquering prince.
(d) They do not have to make friends of the new prince.

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

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

14. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best solution for governing a new territory?
(a) The new Prince should kill his own military commanders.
(b) The new Prince should go away and let the people have self-rule.
(c) The new Prince should raise taxes.
(d) The new Prince should live there.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the motivation for Machiavelli to write THE PRINCE?

2. Why does Machiavelli not discuss democracies?

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

4. What is the custom of Machiavelli's day in approaching a prince?

5. What advantage does Machiavelli point out for Princes who rule hereditary dominions?

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