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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. How does Machiavelli describe the temper (mindset) of the public?
(a) Easily maintained.
(b) Fickle.
(c) Ignorant.
(d) Careless.

2. Aside from granting favors to his subjects during a siege, what does Machiavelli suggest a wise prince might do?
(a) Bribe his nobles to help him.
(b) Make promises he knows he could never keep.
(c) Have parties within the walls as though nothing is wrong outside.
(d) Get his subjects to do favors for him.

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

4. Citing Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus, what distinction does Machiavelli make about Moses?
(a) There is no histroy of Moses outside of the Jewish holy writings.
(b) Moses never actually established himself as a leader.
(c) Instead of ruling the Egyptians after defeating them, he left.
(d) There was something in Moses, some ability that made him worthy to speak with God.

5. Why did Machiavelli say that Italy has been overrun by Charles, plundered by Louis, ravished by Ferdinand, and dishonored by the Swiss?
(a) Because it has no central government.
(b) Because it has had only a mercenary military.
(c) Because the Italians have forgotten the military methods of the Roman Empire.
(d) Because too many people are in charge of the military.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the advantage of the prince selected by the people?

2. In acquiring a new dominion, if the prince does not use the force of his own arms, what alternative does Machiavelli suggest?

3. What factor does Machiavelli suggest makes it easier to rule a new territory?

4. What form of government comes from a long line of ancestors?

5. What reasons does Machiavelli put forward to get Prince Lorenzo to read his book?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the factors that may make it easier for a new prince to rule.

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

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

6. What makes the instability of the Orsini and Cologna a constant struggle.

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

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

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

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

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