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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 one thing does Machiavelli insist that every prince needs?
(a) To read his book.
(b) A strong military.
(c) The good will of the people.
(d) Deep pockets.

2. What ancient example does Machiavelli use to illustrate the rise to power through criminal actions?
(a) Alexander the Great.
(b) Agathocles of Sicily.
(c) Moses.
(d) Pope Alexander IV.

3. How does Machiavelli think New Dominions were formed?
(a) Through democratic elections.
(b) Through Ability or Accident.
(c) Through War and Pestilence.
(d) Through Fortune or Ability.

4. How does Machiavelli say Agathocles became Prince of Syracuse?
(a) Beheading anyone who opposed him.
(b) Getting the poor people to support him against the aristocracy.
(c) Defeating the Carthiginians.
(d) Assembling the Senate to confer and then having them all killed.

5. To whom does Machiavelli compare himself in writing this book?
(a) A chemist.
(b) A cartographer.
(c) A choreographer.
(d) A professor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli see as the problem with barons?

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

3. What does Machiavelli say a new prince must do quickly after gaining a new dominion?

4. What does Machiavelli see as an inevitable result of changes in government?

5. Machiavelli says that tensions between the nobles and commoners may result in a principality, a republic, or what other condition?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain how Machiavelli says Cesare Borgia came to power.

3. To what does Machiavelli ascribe his present circumstances as he writes the book?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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