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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 see as an inevitable result of changes in government?
(a) Pleasure of the subjects who like to see a lot of changes.
(b) Growth of the dominion by annexation.
(c) Better conditions for the subjects of a dominion.
(d) A dovetailing of more and more change.

2. To whom does Machiavelli compare himself in writing this book?
(a) A cartographer.
(b) A professor.
(c) A choreographer.
(d) A chemist.

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

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. How does Machiavelli say that the successors of Alexander the Great were able to retain power after his untimely death?
(a) The people were so happy to be rid of Darius that they accepted anyone else.
(b) Under his system, governance was easily transferred to his appointed ministers.
(c) They did not let the people know that Alexander had died.
(d) The people did not care who ruled them.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Machiavelli think New Dominions were formed?

3. What does Machiavelli see as the problem with barons?

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

5. What is it that Machiavelli refrains from doing in his book?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the reasons Machiavelli says the German cities are so secure.

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

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

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

7. How did Cesare Borgia hold onto power in Romagna?

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

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

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

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