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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 example does Machiavelli cite as a wholly new princedom?
(a) The Kingdom of Spain.
(b) The new Kingdom of Naples.
(c) Venice under the Doge.
(d) Milan under Francesco Sforza.

2. Why does Machiavelli say a hereditary prince is usually more loved by his subjects?
(a) He goes to school with the children of the princedom.
(b) He allows the people to do exactly as they please.
(c) His face is on their coins.
(d) He has less of a chance of giving offense.

3. 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.

4. After gaining dominions by merit, how does Machiavelli say a prince can hold his new territories?
(a) With great difficulty.
(b) Rarely.
(c) Easily.
(d) It is impossible.

5. Why does Machiavelli insist that hereditary princedoms are more easily maintained?
(a) All people everywhere actually prefer a prince.
(b) The prince changes things often at his own whim.
(c) The people are already familiar with that form of government.
(d) The prince has more power than a republic.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Machiavelli removing from the political thinking during a time when the Roman Catholic Church was still appointing Emperors?

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

3. What does Machiavelli say are the two foundations necessary for a princedom?

4. What happened when Rome tried to use the same methods the Spartans had used with Greece?

5. What role does morality play in keeping a dominion safe according to Machiavelli?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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. Explain how Machiavelli sees the weakness of using auxiliary forces as a military for a princedom.

6. What does Machiavelli suggest the Medici do immediately to become the strong leaders that Italy needs?

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

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

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

10. Outline Machiavelli's position of honesty in a prince.

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