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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is it that Machiavelli refrains from doing in his book?
(a) Using language of respect that is usually spoken before a prince.
(b) Giving only the facts of great leaders and how they governed.
(c) Using high sounding literary devices to make the work seem more important.
(d) Making everything brief in his writing so that main points are missed.

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

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

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

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

6. What ancient example does Machiavelli use to illustrate the rise to power through criminal actions?
(a) Moses.
(b) Agathocles of Sicily.
(c) Pope Alexander IV.
(d) Alexander the Great.

7. 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.

8. In acquiring a new dominion, if the prince does not use the force of his own arms, what alternative does Machiavelli suggest?
(a) Free elections.
(b) Political intrigue.
(c) The arms of others.
(d) Appeals to the Pope of Rome.

9. 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) The prince does always knows what the barons are doing in their territories.
(b) If the prince dies the barons all lose their hereditary titles.
(c) The barons hold their titles by heredity and not by the favor of the prince, so there is less loyalty.
(d) The prince becomes lazy and leaves everything up to the barons.

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

11. 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.

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

13. Why does Machiavelli insist that hereditary princedoms are more easily maintained?
(a) The people are already familiar with that form of government.
(b) The prince changes things often at his own whim.
(c) The prince has more power than a republic.
(d) All people everywhere actually prefer a prince.

14. How does Machiavelli say Agathocles became Prince of Syracuse?
(a) Assembling the Senate to confer and then having them all killed.
(b) Defeating the Carthiginians.
(c) Beheading anyone who opposed him.
(d) Getting the poor people to support him against the aristocracy.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Before Pope Alexander VI, what prevented the Church from gaining even more power?

2. What does Machiavelli suggest makes for peace in a dominion?

3. How does Machiavelli say that those who help a prince obtain a new princedom may turn against him?

4. What does Machiavelli insist about a Prince who lost his dominion by force?

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

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