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Which factor was common to the societies in ancient Athens and in Renaissance Italy?
a) Leaders were elected by a parliament
b) Humanism was the central philosophy
c) Civil liberties were given to all inhabitants
d) Rich landowners had little power

During the 1400s, Venice achieved prominence because their
a) locations were favorable for trade
b) pleasant climates led to an increase in population
c) democratic governments attracted trade
d) military power led to industrialization

Niccolo Machiavelli in The Prince advocated that a ruler should
a) obtain power from a social contract with the governed
b) place the needs of subjects first
c) apply Christian teachings to decisions
d) employ absolute power to maintain order in the areas under their rule

The revival of Greek and Roman culture, the economic growth of Italian city states and the development of humanism were aspects of the
a) Age of Revolutions
b) Protestant Reformation
c) spread of Islam
d) European Renaissance

What was one reason that some Italian cities developed into major commercial and cultural centers during the 13th and 14th centuries?
a) unified central government
b) isolationist economic policies
c) geographic location
d) system of social equality

What is meant by Machiavelli's belief that the ends justify the means?
a) Leaders may use any method to achieve what is best for the state
b) The general public always acts in its own best interest
c) Pleasing all of the people at any given time is possible
d) Leaders must always act for the common good

Which statement best expresses an idea held by many Renaissance humanist philosophers?
a) people should study worldly as well as sacred matters
b) governments should establish overseas empires
c) individuals should withdraw from the world and study religion
d) scholars should dedicate themselves to the study of life after death

Which advancement in technology revolutionized the way ideas were spread throughout western Europe in the 15th century?
a) development of the astrolabe
b) introduction of the telegraph
c) improvements to the printing press
d) creation of the telescope

What was one ideal of Renaissance humanism?
a) training as a knight and practicing chivalry
b) obeying divine right monarchs and the church
c) living apart from the world and taking monastic vows
d) investigating areas of interest and fulfilling one's potential

What was a major characteristic of the Renaissance in Europe?
a) Secular achievements were emphasized
b) suffrage was granted to men and women
c) most literature was written in Arabic
d) Most ancient Greek and Roman ideas were rejected

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