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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is more effective than honesty in a prince?
(a) Good looks.
(b) Generosity.
(c) Cunning.
(d) Indifference.

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

3. Why is a reputation for cruelty necessary for a prince?
(a) To keep people from asking too much.
(b) To show his tough love.
(c) To maintain control of his army.
(d) To defend himself from mercenaries.

4. In terms of receiving advice, what is the main thing a prince must remember and do to preserve power.
(a) Be ready to execute those who offer bad advice.
(b) Listen to everyone because someone will have the best idea.
(c) Only pretend to listen to advice.
(d) Listen to the right people but make up his own mind.

5. How is a prince ultimately judged?
(a) By his wealth and grandeur.
(b) By his results.
(c) By the mob.
(d) By his years as a prince.

6. What is it that a prince cannot control among his subjects?
(a) Their cooperation.
(b) Their taxation.
(c) Their fear.
(d) Their love.

7. Why does Machiavelli insist that a prince need not always be honest?
(a) Because he cannot remember everything he said in the past.
(b) Because men are not basically good by nature.
(c) Because an honest prince cannot be cruel at the same time.
(d) Because he needs to change the circumstances.

8. What does Machiavelli say is the problem with remaining neutral between two warring sides?
(a) It is impossible to do.
(b) It loses former allies.
(c) It cuts off all diplomatic relations.
(d) It gives the appearance of self-importance.

9. Who can successfully gain the reputation for generosity but not ruin himself in the process?
(a) A prince who goes to war to create jobs for his subjects.
(b) A prince who only gives when he can expect a generous return.
(c) A prince who has unlimited resources.
(d) A prince who gives away someone else's money.

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

11. When rule by law is ineffective, what does Machiavelli advise the prince to use?
(a) Force.
(b) Diplomacy..
(c) Popularity.
(d) Great honesty.

12. Who does Machiavelli assign blame to when a prince loses his dominion?
(a) The nobility.
(b) The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
(c) The prince himself.
(d) The fickleness of the people.

13. What message does a prince give his subjects if he builds a fortress for himself?
(a) That he fears the people.
(b) That he will always be ready to defend the people.
(c) That he trusts his military advisors.
(d) That he is more important than the people.

14. How does Machiavelli say that the great military leaders of history were so successful?
(a) By studying the arts.
(b) By imitating the great men before them.
(c) By finding new ways to avoid war.
(d) By relying on hired soldiers from other countries.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Machiavelli say a prince should be thinking most about military strategy?

2. How will a prince often be judged by others?

3. What is Machiavelli's advice about people who do things that ultimately enrich the princedom?

4. What did Heiro of Syracuse do when he realized his mercenary troops were worthless?

5. Which prince does Machiavelli say must be generous?

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