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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Machiavelli suggest may make a hereditary ruler unpopular with his people?
(a) Outrageous vices.
(b) Using his army to gain more territory.
(c) Never changing the way they are accustomed to being ruled.
(d) Staying away from the princedom for long periods of time.

2. How did the Romans maintain control in Capua, Carthage, and Numantia?
(a) They moved the Roman capital to Carthage.
(b) They made them all Roman citizens with new priviliges.
(c) They allowed them to select government officials from their own citizens.
(d) They destroyed them and set up their own system of government.

3. 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) Giorgio Scalli of Florence.
(d) Gracci of Rome.

4. What is the Renaissance Italian's view of political misfortune?
(a) Perceived weakness on the part of opponents.
(b) Something that just happens.
(c) Lack of ability to govern.
(d) Punishment of God for misdeeds.

5. Machiavelli gives the example of how Cesare Borgia used Minister Remiro d'Orco in his plan to rule Romagna. After d'Orco brought the territory under control, what does Machiavelli say Cesare Borgia did to get the loyalty of the people?
(a) He gave d'Orco the power to kill anyone who opposed him.
(b) He executed d'Orco to make the people love and trust him.
(c) He retired d'Orco and gave him a lifetime pension.
(d) He told the people that d'Orco was acting on his orders.

6. 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.

7. How does Machiavelli define a new princedom or dominion?
(a) One that kills all the citizens of the old regime.
(b) One that does not come from a long line of ruling ancestors.
(c) One that comes from political intrigue.
(d) One that is an entirely new settlement.

8. What was Cesare Borgia's greatest mistake according to Machiavelli?
(a) Failure to get medical attention soon enough.
(b) Distancing himself from the French court.
(c) Helping the Spanish cardinals elect a Spanish Pope.
(d) Allowing the election of Pope Julius II.

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

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

11. 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) Bribing the military.
(b) Holding many public meetings.
(c) Promising to lower taxes.
(d) Making themselves popular with the people.

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

13. 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) Giving only the facts of great leaders and how they governed.
(c) Making everything brief in his writing so that main points are missed.
(d) Using language of respect that is usually spoken before a prince.

14. What role does morality play in keeping a dominion safe according to Machiavelli?
(a) None whatsoever.
(b) Everything. The Prince must be ruled by God.
(c) Only a little. People barely notice such things.
(d) It is only necessary for hereditary Princedoms.

15. 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?
(a) A son of one of the murdered men put poison in his wine.
(b) He was accidentally killed by a poorly aimed arrow.
(c) He died of natural causes before he could become Prince of Fermo.
(d) Cesare Borgia did the same thing to him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What powerful force does Machiavelli say can efface innovations in government?

2. What ancient example does Machiavelli use to illustrate the rise to power through criminal actions?

3. Does Machiavelli suggest that rising to power through cruelty is always wrong?

4. What themes does Machiavelli introduce in Chapter One?

5. What combination of circumstances does Machiavelli identify in men like Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus?

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