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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 say the sole prince can do that the prince with barons cannot?
(a) Shift the rulers of territories at his discretion.
(b) Change his residence whenever he likes.
(c) Travel any time he wants.
(d) Move the subjects from place to place.

2. What does Machiavelli say was the real cause of Cesare Borgia's ultimate failure?
(a) His lack of knowledge of what to do after his father's death.
(b) His bad choices of political allies.
(c) His ill health after the death of his father.
(d) His opposition from the new Pope after the death of Alexander IV.

3. What does Machiavelli see as the problem with barons?
(a) The people do not understand the difference between a prince and a baron.
(b) The people tend to give more aligeance to the barrons than to the prince.
(c) Barons are known for being cruel and causing trouble.
(d) Barons can do only what the prince orders.

4. One Princedom, according to Machiavelli, is ruled by a sole prince; the other is by a prince and his barons. What does Machiavelli see as a weakness of the latter?
(a) The prince does always knows what the barons are doing in their territories.
(b) If the prince dies the barons all lose their hereditary titles.
(c) The barons hold their titles by heredity and not by the favor of the prince, so there is less loyalty.
(d) The prince becomes lazy and leaves everything up to the barons.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What can deprive a prince of his princedom?

2. Who was responsible for weakening the power of Colonna and Orsini, the barons of Rome?

3. What were the results of Sparta setting up oligarchies in Athens and Thebes after they conquered them?

4. What one thing does Machiavelli insist that every prince needs?

5. What example does Machiavelli cite as a wholly new princedom?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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