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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Machiavelli define avarice?
(a) Being so generous that he has nothing left.
(b) Being nothing but a warrior.
(c) Being of the disposition to take what is not one's own.
(d) Being miserly and not generous enough.

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

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

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

5. How much of man's fate does Machiavelli ascribe to God and Fortune?
(a) None at all.
(b) A little less than half.
(c) Almost all.
(d) Everything.

6. Why should a prince declare himself as for or against two warring factions?
(a) He will always know which side will win.
(b) He will be able to deal with the loser.
(c) He should look like he is wiser than other princes.
(d) He should not be seen as waivering.

7. What does the wise prince do to maintain the loyalty of the people?
(a) Plays with the people and leaves the government up to someone else.
(b) Exasperates the nobles and therefore pleases the people.
(c) Perfroms the popular acts himself and delegates unpopular actions to someone else.
(d) Does both popular and unpopular actions always in a fair manner.

8. Who does Machiavelli cite as an example of generosity that ended badly?
(a) Moses.
(b) Alexander the Great.
(c) Julius Caesar.
(d) Marc Anthony.

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

10. What is the advantage of being miserly?
(a) The people will not work harder to receive the prince's generosity.
(b) Everything eventually belongs to the prince.
(c) The prince can go count his money when he cannot sleep.
(d) Waging was is possible without having to tax the people heavily.

11. What does Machiavelli say is the first requirement of a commander?
(a) Knowing how to locate the enemy, deploy his soldiers, and lay siege to a city.
(b) Making sure he has the money to pay his mercenaries.
(c) Frequently reviewing his troops.
(d) Making constant changes in his miliary command.

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

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

14. What dichotomy does Machiavelli present regarding goodness and vices in a prince?
(a) Goodness will preserve his princedom while vices will bring his downfall.
(b) People see goodness as weakness and vices as strengths.
(c) His goodness may lead to his downfall whereas his vices may sometimes keep him safe.
(d) Vices can be balanced out by the amount of fear they generate.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What can a new prince be assured of?

2. How does Machiavelli classify auxiliary troops?

3. What does Machiavelli tell the prince is more important than morality in government?

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

5. What is the best type of mind Machiavelli says is needed for a strong prince?

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