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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. 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?
(a) Holding many public meetings.
(b) Promising to lower taxes.
(c) Bribing the military.
(d) Making themselves popular with the people.

2. What example does Machiavelli give of a dominion that is a limb of a larger one?
(a) The Holy Roman Empire.
(b) The Prince of Venice as part of the dominions of France.
(c) The Medici as part of the Borgia dominions.
(d) The King of Naples as part of the dominions of Spain.

3. 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) The prince becomes lazy and leaves everything up to the barons.
(c) The barons hold their titles by heredity and not by the favor of the prince, so there is less loyalty.
(d) If the prince dies the barons all lose their hereditary titles.

4. What, according to Machiavelli, will always make a prince's position insecure?
(a) Relying on mercenary or auxiliary military forces.
(b) Putting too much emphasis on military rule.
(c) Being in control of the military.
(d) Failure to spend the money for a mercenary military.

5. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best solution for governing a new territory?
(a) The new Prince should live there.
(b) The new Prince should go away and let the people have self-rule.
(c) The new Prince should kill his own military commanders.
(d) The new Prince should raise taxes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli suggest makes for peace in a dominion?

2. To whom does Machiavelli compare himself in writing this book?

3. How does Machiavelli say that those who help a prince obtain a new princedom may turn against him?

4. How does Machiavelli say that the successors of Alexander the Great were able to retain power after his untimely death?

5. What ancient example does Machiavelli use to illustrate the rise to power through criminal actions?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why should a new prince not set up a system of magistrates from among the people?

9. How are Ecclesiastical dominions so easily maintained?

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

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