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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Machiavelli suggest will be the reaction of the people if he is greedy and seizes property and women?
(a) They will support him.
(b) They will become like him.
(c) They will think he is a just ruler.
(d) They will hate him.

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

10. Who can successfully gain the reputation for generosity but not ruin himself in the process?
(a) A prince who gives away someone else's money.
(b) A prince who only gives when he can expect a generous return.
(c) A prince who goes to war to create jobs for his subjects.
(d) A prince who has unlimited resources.

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

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

13. What does Machiavelli mean when he says "impetuousness is better than calculation"?
(a) Young men are too cautious to be successful.
(b) Old men are usually more daring and agressive in their actions.
(c) Fortune admits more readily to boldness than to calculation.
(d) Calculation enables one to do innovative things.

14. What historical example does Machiavelli give to show how a military should be organized?
(a) Phillip, father of Alexander the Great.
(b) Darius, King of Persia.
(c) Sparticus and the Roman slaves.
(d) The last days of the Roman Empire.

15. What does Machiavelli say is the problem with remaining neutral between two warring sides?
(a) It is impossible to do.
(b) It cuts off all diplomatic relations.
(c) It loses former allies.
(d) It gives the appearance of self-importance.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli say the new prince can least afford?

2. Why does Machiavelli insist that a prince recalled by the people after being conquered offers him no security?

3. Who does Machiavelli single out as a prince who was always prepared for war?

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

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

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