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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) Writing a petition of audience.
(b) Coming in on hands and knees.
(c) Bringing a gift.
(d) Catching the prince outside his palace.

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

3. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best solution for governing a new territory?
(a) The new Prince should raise taxes.
(b) The new Prince should kill his own military commanders.
(c) The new Prince should go away and let the people have self-rule.
(d) The new Prince should live there.

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

5. Ending his discussion of Ecclesiastical Dominions, why is Machiavelli so circumspect about the current Pope?
(a) Pope Leo is the uncle of Lorenzo de Medici.
(b) Pope Leo might give Machiavelli a job.
(c) Pope Leo fears Niccolo Machiavelli.
(d) Pope Leo does not support the Medici.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Machiavelli not use Agathocles as an example of meritorious rise to power?

2. 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?

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

4. What can deprive a prince of his princedom?

5. Why does Machiavelli say that Prince Lorenzo should not be surprised at what he is saying about new princedoms?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss Machiavelli's discourse on flattery.

3. What does Machiavelli say is the first estimate of a prince as a ruler? Why?

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

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

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

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

8. When there is peace outside the principality, what does Machiavelli caution against?

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

10. Why does Machiavelli maintain that it is not possible for a prince to embody only good qualities?

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