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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 does Machiavelli say was the real cause of Cesare Borgia's ultimate failure?
(a) His ill health after the death of his father.
(b) His bad choices of political allies.
(c) His lack of knowledge of what to do after his father's death.
(d) His opposition from the new Pope after the death of Alexander IV.

2. How does Machiavelli think New Dominions were formed?
(a) Through Ability or Accident.
(b) Through War and Pestilence.
(c) Through democratic elections.
(d) Through Fortune or Ability.

3. What does Machiavelli say about skilled mercenary captains?
(a) They are hard to find.
(b) They are too expensive.
(c) They will only take orders from the prince.
(d) They cannot be trusted.

4. In the event that the prince cannot afford a large army, what should he do?
(a) Make sure his city is well fortified.
(b) Have a good plan to escape if attacked.
(c) Post lookouts in the countryside.
(d) Negotiate diplomatically with any potential enemies.

5. What example does Machiavelli give of a prince who had the support of his people and was able to withstand invasion?
(a) Gracci of Rome.
(b) Nabis, Prince of Sparta.
(c) Giorgio Scalli of Florence.
(d) Cesar Borgia of Romagna.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli see as an inevitable result of changes in government?

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

3. What ancient example does Machiavelli use to illustrate the rise to power through criminal actions?

4. What does Machiavelli suggest makes for peace in a dominion?

5. What one thing does Machiavelli insist that every prince needs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does a prince maintain control inside a sieged city when the citizens see their homes and farms being burned outside the city?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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