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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. 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) Appeals to the Pope of Rome.
(c) The arms of others.
(d) Political intrigue.

2. What were the results of Sparta setting up oligarchies in Athens and Thebes after they conquered them?
(a) They lost the new territories.
(b) They held them for a thousand years.
(c) They changed their own forms of government.
(d) They learned how to retain a possession.

3. What does Machiavelli say will be an advantage to a prince who lost his dominion by force of arms?
(a) The tendency of new governments to rely heavily on hereditary princes.
(b) A mishap on the part of the new government.
(c) The sympathy of the surrounding dominions.
(d) The money he was able to stash away before being invaded.

4. Cesare Borgia was helped in his drive for power by his father. Who was he?
(a) Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan.
(b) King Luis XII of France.
(c) The military head of the Orsini.
(d) Pope Alexander IV.

5. In THE PRINCE, why does Machiavelli deal only with dominions and not republics?
(a) He thought dominions were much harder to keep.
(b) He wrote about republics in another work.
(c) Dominions are much larger than republics.
(d) There were no republics in his day.

Short Answer Questions

1. What example does Machiavelli give of a dominion that is a limb of a larger one?

2. What is it that Machiavelli prizes most of his possessions?

3. After gaining dominions by merit, how does Machiavelli say a prince can hold his new territories?

4. How does Machiavelli think New Dominions were formed?

5. After Alexander VI, how did the Pope continue to strengthen the Church's position?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is it easier to rule a princedom than it is to govern a state or republic?

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

7. Define the problems of a State that is ruled by a king and the nobility.

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

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

10. Tell how Machiavelli suggests it is easiest to control a conquered state.

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