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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In his discussion of the qualities of a good leader, how does Machiavelli depart from the accepted rules?
(a) He accepts the Christian ideals of his time.
(b) He does not accept the idea that a prince must be good in all matters.
(c) He says a prince must always do the will of the people.
(d) He thinks that if the prince is always good, the people will imitate him.

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

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

4. What metaphor does Machiavelli use to explain his ideas about Fortune?
(a) We cannot stop a river from overflowing, but we can make provisions against the disaster.
(b) The animals know when to seek higher ground even before a flood happens.
(c) We cannot control the wind and are blown about by it.
(d) Fortune as a mistress who always gets the upper hand on man.

5. How will a prince often be judged by others?
(a) By the number of sons he has.
(b) By the behavior of his ministers.
(c) By the family he marries into.
(d) By the size of his palace.

6. How will the prince be seen if his ministers are capable and wise even though he is not?
(a) He will be seen as a puppet to his ministers.
(b) He will be seen as capable and wise.
(c) He will be seen as having a great deal of luck.
(d) He will be seen as inferior.

7. What in Machiavelli's opinion is the problem with a prince being too liberal with his subjects?
(a) People will not take him seriously when he has a problem.
(b) Everyone will always fear him because he might take away his liberality.
(c) He will not have time to enjoy his own life.
(d) Eventually his liberality will lead to burdensome taxation.

8. What is the best type of mind Machiavelli says is needed for a strong prince?
(a) One that can understand what other men think.
(b) One that takes only a short time to make a decision
(c) One that has no opinions whatsoever.
(d) One that can think for himself.

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

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

11. Machiavelli's political thought is influenced greatly by the ideas of what?
(a) The strength of the Medici.
(b) The Bible.
(c) The writings of Aristotle.
(d) The Italian Rennaissance.

12. What is Machiavelli's advice about people who do things that ultimately enrich the princedom?
(a) They should be taxed heavier than others.
(b) They should be amply rewarded.
(c) They should be viewed with suspicion.
(d) Their property should be confiscated.

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

14. 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 a percentage of all those ministers make from taking bribes.
(c) He gets losts of gifts from those ministers who become wealthy.
(d) He gets time to look around for new ministers who are not so dangerous.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What Roman Emperor does Machiavelli cite as an example of being both a lion and a fox?

2. How does Machiavelli classify auxiliary troops?

3. How does Machiavelli say a prince should keep the attention of the people?

4. How does Machiavelli define auxiliary forces?

5. Why does Machiavelli say that auxiliary forces are more dangerous than mercenaries?

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