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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does say the sole prince can do that the prince with barons cannot?
(a) Move the subjects from place to place.
(b) Travel any time he wants.
(c) Shift the rulers of territories at his discretion.
(d) Change his residence whenever he likes.

2. 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 too many people are in charge of the military.
(d) Because the Italians have forgotten the military methods of the Roman Empire.

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

4. What is Machiavelli removing from the political thinking during a time when the Roman Catholic Church was still appointing Emperors?
(a) He is removing political involvement of the church.
(b) He is removing objections to the combination of church and state.
(c) He is removing constitutional authority.
(d) He is removing God from politics and the power equation.

5. One Princedom, according to Machiavelli, is ruled by a sole prince; the other is by a prince and his barons. What does Machiavelli see as a weakness of the latter?
(a) If the prince dies the barons all lose their hereditary titles.
(b) The prince becomes lazy and leaves everything up to the barons.
(c) The prince does always knows what the barons are doing in their territories.
(d) The barons hold their titles by heredity and not by the favor of the prince, so there is less loyalty.

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

7. What is the custom of Machiavelli's day in approaching a prince?
(a) Coming in on hands and knees.
(b) Bringing a gift.
(c) Writing a petition of audience.
(d) Catching the prince outside his palace.

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

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

10. If a city is well fortified against attack, what will cause the enemy to retreat?
(a) They will retreat because they cannot afford a long seige.
(b) They will retreat because the fortified city makes them believe there are other armies in the field.
(c) They will retreat because they are cold outside the walls of the city.
(d) They will retreat because they do not have enough supplies to feed themselves.

11. After Alexander VI, how did the Pope continue to strengthen the Church's position?
(a) By selling ecclesiastical offices and annexing land.
(b) By gaining more popularity among the Italians.
(c) By military invasions of other dominions.
(d) By putting monasteries in new dominions.

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

13. What, according to Machiavelli, will always make a prince's position insecure?
(a) Putting too much emphasis on military rule.
(b) Relying on mercenary or auxiliary military forces.
(c) Failure to spend the money for a mercenary military.
(d) Being in control of the military.

14. What example does Machiavelli give of a prince who had the support of his people and was able to withstand invasion?
(a) Cesar Borgia of Romagna.
(b) Nabis, Prince of Sparta.
(c) Gracci of Rome.
(d) Giorgio Scalli of Florence.

15. 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 not receiving what was promised to them.
(c) By going elsewhere to fight new battles.
(d) By deciding that they do not need the prince.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the two types of government identified by Machiavelli?

2. What is the irony of the death of Oliverotto of Fermo who came to power by assembling all the leaders for a dinner and then killing them all?

3. Who does Machiavelli put forward as an example of a King who made all the mistakes in ruling a new territory?

4. Why does Machiavelli say that new territories are harder to govern than hereditary ones?

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

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