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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the advantage of the prince selected by the people?
(a) He will be unable to ignore the wishes of the nobles.
(b) The people will see the prince change them in many ways.
(c) The nobles will always see this as a good sign and cooperate with the prince.
(d) He will have their support because all they want is not to be oppresed.

3. Why does Machiavelli not discuss democracies?
(a) He called democracy by another name.
(b) None existed at that time.
(c) He rejected the idea outright as a madness of the Greeks.
(d) He considered them inferior.

4. What happened when Rome tried to use the same methods the Spartans had used with Greece?
(a) They failed and had to go back and destroy many cities.
(b) They found it easy to get Greeks to adopt Roman ways.
(c) They succeeded by expanding on the Spartan idea.
(d) They succeeded by adding Roman universities to the Greek educational system.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the Medici come to power?

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

3. What is Machiavelli's example of rule by a sole prince?

4. What does Machiavelli suggest is the weakness of a mercenary military?

5. What does Machiavelli see as an inevitable result of changes in government?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes the instability of the Orsini and Cologna a constant struggle.

2. Describe the factors that may make it easier for a new prince to rule.

3. Explain how Machiavelli says Cesare Borgia came to power.

4. Explain how Machiavelli sees the importance of sound laws and a sound military.

5. How are Ecclesiastical dominions so easily maintained?

6. How does Machiavelli say that hereditary States are the easier ones to control?

7. What value does Machiavelli put on his gift to Prince Lorenzo de Medici?

8. How does a prince maintain control inside a sieged city when the citizens see their homes and farms being burned outside the city?

9. Explain why Machiavelli believes a newly conquered territory is harder to govern than a hereditary dominion.

10. Explain how, according to Machiavelli, Alexander the Great was able to establish a government in Persia that lasted long after his untimely death.

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