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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is a constant threat to any prince?
(a) Invasion.
(b) Assassination.
(c) Unpopularity.
(d) Loss of income.

2. 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.

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

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

5. What is the advantage of taking sides when both warring factions are weaker than the prince?
(a) He eliminates one and gains the obligation of the other.
(b) He could become a prisoner if he does not.
(c) He can take over both principalities after the war is over.
(d) He will get money from the side he chooses.

6. What is the one thing a man cannot fight against according to Machiavelli?
(a) Overwhelming bad fortune.
(b) The weather.
(c) Religion.
(d) Man's own nature.

7. Those who were viewed with suspicion at the beginning of a princedom usually become the most loyal subjects. Why?
(a) They never did anything to cause distrust in the first place.
(b) The prince was a poor judge of character in the beginning.
(c) They work hard to gain the approval of the prince.
(d) The prince will use them for unpopular tasks.

8. What does the prince gain from rewarding his ministers well for jobs well done?
(a) He gets their support without fear of their trying to overthrow him.
(b) He gets time to look around for new ministers who are not so dangerous.
(c) He gets losts of gifts from those ministers who become wealthy.
(d) He gets a percentage of all those ministers make from taking bribes.

9. 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) Really understanding the problems of the people.
(d) Keeping all promises.

10. 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) His goodness may lead to his downfall whereas his vices may sometimes keep him safe.
(c) People see goodness as weakness and vices as strengths.
(d) Vices can be balanced out by the amount of fear they generate.

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

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

13. What must a prince always do concerning advice?
(a) He must never accept anyone's advice except his own.
(b) He must discourage advice that he has not asked for.
(c) He must wait for his ministers to offer their advice.
(d) He must listen to everyone all the time.

14. Why should a prince keep down factions in his princedom?
(a) People enjoy the debates and work production slows down.
(b) Factions keep him tied up as a judge all the time.
(c) The weaker faction will side with an outside enemy, and the stronger will not be able to hold out.
(d) The prince must decide which faction is stronger and play up to them.

15. What example does Machiavelli give of a ruler in whom his people have no confidence?
(a) Pope Alexander VI.
(b) Emperor Maximillian.
(c) King Louis of France.
(d) King Ferdinand of Spain.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli say is the first requirement of a commander?

2. How will the prince be seen if his ministers are capable and wise even though he is not?

3. How does Machiavelli say a prince can make himself feared without making himself hated?

4. Why does Machiavelli argue against a prince being overly generous?

5. What metaphor does Machiavelli use to explain his ideas about Fortune?

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