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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. Why is setting up a system of government using conquered citizens effective?
(a) They see they cannot survive without the protection and support of the conquering prince.
(b) They see that everything will be exactly like their old government.
(c) They do not have to make friends of the new prince.
(d) They do not have to pay tribute to the new prince.

2. What does Machiavelli say was the reason for successes by Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus?
(a) It had nothing to do with fortune, but was because of their own talents.
(b) Like Moses, they could talk with God.
(c) They did not understand the thinking of the people.
(d) They were standing in the right place at the right time.

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

4. What factor does Machiavelli suggest makes it easier to rule a new territory?
(a) If the new Prince leaves the old rulers in place.
(b) If the people have never been ruled before.
(c) If the people like the new food introduced into the dominion.
(d) If the people speak the same language.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Aside from humble beginnings, what does Machiavelli say that Agathocles and Oliverotto have in common?

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

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

4. What does Machiavelli cite as the measure of strength of a principality?

5. What example does Machiavelli give of a conquered territory rebelling against 100 years of servitude?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Machiavelli explain a man of his common social standing being qualified to advise a prince?

2. Describe the conditions that made it possible for Moses, Romulus, Cyrus, and Theseus to be successful in uniting their people.

3. At the time Machiavelli is writing, he recognizes only two types of existing government. Explain each.

4. To what does Machiavelli ascribe his present circumstances as he writes the book?

5. What are the difficulties new princes face when setting up a new government?

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

7. What are the two types of princedoms as identified by Machiavelli?

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

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

10. How are Ecclesiastical dominions so easily maintained?

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