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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) It shows the new subjects that they are safe.
(c) He only needs the arms to add to his arsenal.
(d) The arms should be in the control of his own military.

3. Who does Machiavelli single out as a prince who was always prepared for war?
(a) Ramses II
(b) Philopoemonm, Prince of the Achaians
(c) Xenophon
(d) The sons of Sforza, Duke of Milan

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

5. How does Machiavelli justify his position that a prince is not duty bound to keep his word?
(a) He says men are basically self-centered and will not keep their word, so the prince is not obligated to do so.
(b) He says that people always believe everything a prince says, so he can say what he pleases.
(c) He says it is the only way to keep the people satisfied that he knows what he is doing.
(d) He says that a prince should always change his mind about everything until he gets all the facts.

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

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

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

9. How does Machiavelli say a prince can make himself feared without making himself hated?
(a) By taking the women away.
(b) By hanging only unpopular criminals.
(c) By giving pardons to criminals.
(d) By leaving people's property alone.

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

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

12. What does Machiavelli tell the prince is more important than morality in government?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Expediency.
(c) Religion.
(d) Generosity.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli say are the two main reasons for a prince to lose his dominion?

2. Why does Machiavelli say that the sultans of Turkey and Egypt had to listen more to the military than to the people?

3. How does Machiavelli define avarice?

4. What is it that a prince cannot control among his subjects?

5. What in Machiavelli's opinion is the problem with a prince being too liberal with his subjects?

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