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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. Before Pope Alexander VI, what prevented the Church from gaining even more power?
(a) Wars fought between the Colonna, the Orsini and the Pope.
(b) The commercial power of the Venetians.
(c) The separation of Church and State.
(d) The threat of invasion by France.

2. What was the motivation for Machiavelli to write THE PRINCE?
(a) He wanted to become a prince.
(b) He wanted to become a famous author.
(c) He wanted to start a revolution.
(d) He wanted Prince Lorenzo de Medici to employ him.

3. What type of principality does Machiavelli claim may be kept without talent or fortune?
(a) Hereditary.
(b) Ecclesiastical.
(c) Monastic.
(d) Absolute monarchy.

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

5. What are the two types of government identified by Machiavelli?
(a) Kingdom and City State.
(b) State and Dominion.
(c) State and Republic.
(d) City State and Territory.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Machiavelli suggest is the surest way to govern a conquered territory?

3. What does Machiavelli say about skilled mercenary captains?

4. What is the custom of Machiavelli's day in approaching a prince?

5. Who does Machiavelli put forward as an example of a King who made all the mistakes in ruling a new territory?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Machiavelli distinguish between proper and improper use of cruelty?

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

4. Why should a new prince not set up a system of magistrates from among the people?

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

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

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

8. Describe the weakness Machiavelli sees with using mercenaries as the primary military strength of the prince.

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

10. How are Ecclesiastical dominions so easily maintained?

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