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

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 too many people are in charge of the military.
(b) Because the Italians have forgotten the military methods of the Roman Empire.
(c) Because it has had only a mercenary military.
(d) Because it has no central government.

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

4. How can a common citizen rise to political power?
(a) Through the help of friends.
(b) As a compromise between two parties.
(c) With a lot of money behind him.
(d) By popular election.

5. What combination of circumstances does Machiavelli identify in men like Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus?
(a) Time and location.
(b) Pride and ability.
(c) Strength and fortitude.
(d) Opportunity and merit.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What, according to Machiavelli, will always make a prince's position insecure?

3. Machiavelli says that tensions between the nobles and commoners may result in a principality, a republic, or what other condition?

4. What example does Machiavelli give of a prince who had the support of his people and was able to withstand invasion?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What warnings does Machiavelli give regarding the generosity of a prince.

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

3. Explain how Machiavelli sees Utopian ideas of principalities and republics.

4. If a hereditary prince loses his dominion in war, will he be able to regain his former position? Explain.

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

6. What is the difference between a principality established by the nobles and one set up by the commoners?

7. How can a prince gain a reputation for great accomplishments and generosity without bringing about his own ruin?

8. Explain the customary way to seek the favor and audience of a prince.

9. Explain why Machiavelli does not speak about Republics in THE PRINCE.

10. What advantage does the hereditary prince have in maintaining his dominion?

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