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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Machiavelli insist that a prince recalled by the people after being conquered offers him no security?
(a) It is only a last ditch effort at establishing the dominion.
(b) It is noble and, therefore, weak.
(c) It is probably only a stop-gap moment.
(d) It does not depend upon the prince himself for success.

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

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

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 slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
(d) The nobility.

5. How does Machiavelli classify auxiliary troops?
(a) As the worst possible choice for a prince to make.
(b) As the best possible choice for a prince to make.
(c) As cheaper than hiring independent mercenaries.
(d) As extremely reliable during a crisis.

6. What causes the people to begin to support the new prince?
(a) Having audiences with the prince.
(b) Seeing they are well off.
(c) Seeing many changes in their daily lives.
(d) Getting surprise gifts from the prince.

7. What Roman Emperor does Machiavelli cite as an example of being both a lion and a fox?
(a) Antonius Severus.
(b) Marc Anthony.
(c) Septimius Severus.
(d) Julius Caesar.

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

9. 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 has no opinions whatsoever.
(c) One that takes only a short time to make a decision
(d) One that can think for himself.

10. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best fortress for a prince?
(a) A palace in the center of the city.
(b) Military barracks surrounding his palace.
(c) A palace surrounded by a wide moat.
(d) Favorable public opinion.

11. 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.

12. What does Machiavelli see as an insurmountable chasm?
(a) The difference between the very rich and the very poor.
(b) The understanding of the people versus the understanding of the prince.
(c) The reality of the way we live versus the ideas of how we ought to live.
(d) Idealism and Christian philosophy of living.

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

14. Who is Machiavelli's ultimate example of the correct use of cruelty?
(a) King Louis.
(b) Hannibal.
(c) Moses.
(d) Alexander the Great.

15. A prince who has acquired a new dominion added to his own should disarm the conquered people. Why?
(a) The new subjects will feel that the miliary will protect them.
(b) The arms should be in the control of his own military.
(c) It shows the new subjects that they are safe.
(d) He only needs the arms to add to his arsenal.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the advantage of being miserly?

2. In his discussion of the qualities of a good leader, how does Machiavelli depart from the accepted rules?

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

4. What does Machiavelli suggest is wrong with concepts of an ideal princedom or republic.

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

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