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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 insist about a Prince who lost his dominion by force?
(a) The people would forget all about him.
(b) He would have to run for his life and never return.
(c) It would be easy to get it back.
(d) He would lose all popularity with the people.

2. What is Machiavelli's example of rule by a sole prince?
(a) The Turk empire.
(b) The Holy Roman Empire.
(c) The Kingdom of Spain.
(d) The Kingdom of France.

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

4. 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 prince has more power than a republic.
(d) The people are already familiar with that form of government.

5. What is it that Machiavelli prizes most of his possessions?
(a) Fine fabrics.
(b) Gold and precious gems.
(c) His knowledge of the actions of great men.
(d) Horses and armor.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. How does Machiavelli describe the temper (mindset) of the public?

3. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best solution for governing a new territory?

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

5. After Alexander VI, how did the Pope continue to strengthen the Church's position?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain how Machiavelli sees the importance of sound laws and a sound military.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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