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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How can honesty in other people cause the prince to lose respect?
(a) When the honesty is really only half truths.
(b) When their honesty is not recognized for what it is.
(c) When people are not afraid of offending the prince by what they say.
(d) When the prince never believes anything he hears.

2. What does Machiavelli suggest will be the reaction of the people if he is greedy and seizes property and women?
(a) They will hate him.
(b) They will think he is a just ruler.
(c) They will support him.
(d) They will become like him.

3. Why should a new prince not disarm his people?
(a) Disarmed people cannot protect their prince.
(b) It shows that he either distrusts the people or fears them.
(c) Having arms is a basic human right.
(d) It gives the people added duties and importance.

4. What is the first test of a new prince as a judge?
(a) Firing his military leaders and putting them into prison.
(b) The amount of public aid he offers the people.
(c) The number of executions he orders at the beginning of his reign.
(d) The wisdom and ability of the ministers he chooses to help him.

5. What does Machiavelli say the new prince can least afford?
(a) Executions.
(b) Cruelty.
(c) Excessive kindness.
(d) Disorder.

6. Which examples does Machiavelli use to support the idea of not being overly generous?
(a) King Midas and King Darius.
(b) The King of Spain and the King of France.
(c) Moses and the Duke of Milan.
(d) King Saul and Ramses the Great.

7. What did Heiro of Syracuse do when he realized his mercenary troops were worthless?
(a) He had them cut to pieces.
(b) He hired more mercenaries.
(c) He refused to pay them.
(d) He put them on the front lines to be killed.

8. Why does Machiavelli say that the sultans of Turkey and Egypt had to listen more to the military than to the people?
(a) All the men were drafted into the military.
(b) The best people were in their militaries.
(c) Their countries were controlled by the military.
(d) The people did not understand the threats of invasion.

9. What Biblical example does Machiavelli use to show that someone else's arms are useless?
(a) Caleb and Joshua.
(b) Egypt and Syria.
(c) David and Goliath.
(d) Samson and Delilah.

10. What, according to Machiavelli, is better than actually having all the good qualities of leadership?
(a) Never forgetting anything said in the past.
(b) Having the appearance of being religious.
(c) Keeping all promises.
(d) Really understanding the problems of the people.

11. How does Machiavelli say a private citizen might make himself a prince?
(a) By avoiding war and promoting peace.
(b) By becoming a puppet of an enemy military.
(c) By hiring his own mercenaries.
(d) By becoming proficient in war and rising in rank.

12. Why does Machiavelli say that auxiliary forces are more dangerous than mercenaries?
(a) Mercenaries can all speak the language of the princedom.
(b) Auxiliary forces are not considered deserters if they run from war.
(c) Auxiliary forces may be recalled if their home dominion is attacked.
(d) Auxilaries need less time and opportunity to move against the ruler that employed them.

13. What response does a prince receive if he is seen as fickle, effeminate, cowardly, frivolous, or irresolute?
(a) Strong support.
(b) Contempt.
(c) None.
(d) Admiration.

14. What results when a ruler lacks resolution and his mind is easily changed.
(a) The people like his easy going style.
(b) Everyone knows what to expect. from the laws.
(c) The people have no confidence in him.
(d) Ministers always wait to see what a final decision will be.

15. What does Machiavelli say are the two main reasons for a prince to lose his dominion?
(a) Relying on the church and neglecting to read history.
(b) Relying entirely on fate or making the wrong provisions for expected misfortune.
(c) Relying on himself and not listening to sound advice.
(d) Relying on past experience and not planning for the unexpected.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why should a prince keep down factions in his princedom?

2. When rule by law is ineffective, what does Machiavelli advise the prince to use?

3. What is it that a prince cannot control among his subjects?

4. Why does Machiavelli insist that a prince recalled by the people after being conquered offers him no security?

5. What does the prince gain from rewarding his ministers well for jobs well done?

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