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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 was Cesare Borgia's greatest mistake according to Machiavelli?
(a) Distancing himself from the French court.
(b) Allowing the election of Pope Julius II.
(c) Helping the Spanish cardinals elect a Spanish Pope.
(d) Failure to get medical attention soon enough.

2. What is it that Machiavelli refrains from doing in his book?
(a) Using high sounding literary devices to make the work seem more important.
(b) Making everything brief in his writing so that main points are missed.
(c) Using language of respect that is usually spoken before a prince.
(d) Giving only the facts of great leaders and how they governed.

3. Who does Machiavelli put forward as an example of a King who made all the mistakes in ruling a new territory?
(a) Charles I of Spain.
(b) Louis XII of France.
(c) Archduke Ferdinand of Austria.
(d) Duke Lodovico.

4. In acquiring a new dominion, if the prince does not use the force of his own arms, what alternative does Machiavelli suggest?
(a) The arms of others.
(b) Appeals to the Pope of Rome.
(c) Political intrigue.
(d) Free elections.

5. Why does Machiavelli not use Agathocles as an example of meritorious rise to power?
(a) Because he was not successful in gaining control of Sicily.
(b) Because he came from humble beginnings.
(c) Beause he did not plan what to do after he became prince.
(d) Because his cruelty continued after he came to power.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli cite as the measure of strength of a principality?

2. What is the custom of Machiavelli's day in approaching a prince?

3. What example does Machiavelli give of a prince who regained power after the opposition of the Venetians and Pope Julius?

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

5. Cesare Borgia was helped in his drive for power by his father. Who was he?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two types of princedoms as identified by Machiavelli?

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

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

4. How does a prince maintain control inside a sieged city when the citizens see their homes and farms being burned outside the city?

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

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

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

8. How are Ecclesiastical dominions so easily maintained?

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

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

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