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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. Why does Machiavelli not discuss democracies?
(a) He called democracy by another name.
(b) He considered them inferior.
(c) None existed at that time.
(d) He rejected the idea outright as a madness of the Greeks.

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

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

4. What does Machiavelli suggest may make a hereditary ruler unpopular with his people?
(a) Using his army to gain more territory.
(b) Staying away from the princedom for long periods of time.
(c) Outrageous vices.
(d) Never changing the way they are accustomed to being ruled.

5. The cities of what country are given as good examples of fortification?
(a) Spain.
(b) France.
(c) Germany.
(d) Sparta.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli say about skilled mercenary captains?

2. How does Machiavelli define a new princedom or dominion?

3. What does Machiavelli say was the real cause of Cesare Borgia's ultimate failure?

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

5. If a city is well fortified against attack, what will cause the enemy to retreat?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly write down how Machiavelli describes Agathocles of Sicily.

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

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

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

5. Describe the conditions that made it possible for Moses, Romulus, Cyrus, and Theseus to be successful in uniting their people.

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

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

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

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

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

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