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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. In THE PRINCE, why does Machiavelli deal only with dominions and not republics?
(a) Dominions are much larger than republics.
(b) He wrote about republics in another work.
(c) He thought dominions were much harder to keep.
(d) There were no republics in his day.

2. The next best way to rule a new territory, according to Machiavelli, is to establish a colony. Why?
(a) The people who have been harmed can take revenge easily.
(b) The only people really annoyed will be those who have lost their land.
(c) The conquered people get lots of land and plenty to eat.
(d) The people can now take justice into their own hands.

3. How can a prince deal with the people when they see their lands burning outside the city walls?
(a) He can make them believe it is all just an illusion.
(b) He can tell them about the cruelties of the enemy if they are captured.
(c) He can issue food stamps.
(d) He can tell them it is not as bad as it looks from inside the city walls.

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

5. Why does Machiavelli say a hereditary prince is usually more loved by his subjects?
(a) He goes to school with the children of the princedom.
(b) His face is on their coins.
(c) He has less of a chance of giving offense.
(d) He allows the people to do exactly as they please.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Machiavelli say his desire is for Prince Lorenzo?

3. What happened when Rome tried to use the same methods the Spartans had used with Greece?

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

5. What does Machiavelli suggest may make a hereditary ruler unpopular with his people?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain the customary way to seek the favor and audience of a prince.

4. How are Ecclesiastical dominions so easily maintained?

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

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

7. What is the difference between a principality established by the nobles and one set up by the commoners?

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

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

10. Describe the conditions that made it possible for Moses, Romulus, Cyrus, and Theseus to be successful in uniting their people.

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