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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 that tensions between the nobles and commoners may result in a principality, a republic, or what other condition?
(a) Democracy.
(b) Indifference.
(c) Heavy taxation.
(d) Anarchy.

2. What does Machiavelli say will be an advantage to a prince who lost his dominion by force of arms?
(a) A mishap on the part of the new government.
(b) The tendency of new governments to rely heavily on hereditary princes.
(c) The sympathy of the surrounding dominions.
(d) The money he was able to stash away before being invaded.

3. If a city is well fortified against attack, what will cause the enemy to retreat?
(a) They will retreat because they do not have enough supplies to feed themselves.
(b) They will retreat because they are cold outside the walls of the city.
(c) They will retreat because the fortified city makes them believe there are other armies in the field.
(d) They will retreat because they cannot afford a long seige.

4. After Alexander VI, how did the Pope continue to strengthen the Church's position?
(a) By selling ecclesiastical offices and annexing land.
(b) By military invasions of other dominions.
(c) By putting monasteries in new dominions.
(d) By gaining more popularity among the Italians.

5. What example does Machiavelli give of a conquered territory rebelling against 100 years of servitude?
(a) Carthage getting its independence from Rome.
(b) Egypt going to war with Sparta.
(c) Pisa arising against the Florentines.
(d) Persia throwing off the rule of Alexander the Great.

Short Answer Questions

1. How can a common citizen rise to political power?

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

3. What can deprive a prince of his princedom?

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

5. Does Machiavelli suggest that rising to power through cruelty is always wrong?

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

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

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

5. How are Ecclesiastical dominions so easily maintained?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Machiavelli mean when he says that dominions are obtained by either good Fortune or merit?

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