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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Machiavelli suggest is wrong with concepts of an ideal princedom or republic.
(a) More people have not considered the concepts.
(b) It can only be accomplished by a pure leader.
(c) It has no basis in reality.
(d) It is not useful as a mental exercise.

3. Which examples does Machiavelli use to support the idea of not being overly generous?
(a) The King of Spain and the King of France.
(b) King Midas and King Darius.
(c) King Saul and Ramses the Great.
(d) Moses and the Duke of Milan.

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

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

6. What, according to Machiavelli, is better than actually having all the good qualities of leadership?
(a) Keeping all promises.
(b) Having the appearance of being religious.
(c) Really understanding the problems of the people.
(d) Never forgetting anything said in the past.

7. 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.

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

9. What does Machiavelli say is the only art expected of a prince?
(a) The art of collecting.
(b) The art of fine living.
(c) The art of war.
(d) The art of diplomacy.

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

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

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

13. 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) Eventually his liberality will lead to burdensome taxation.
(c) He will not have time to enjoy his own life.
(d) Everyone will always fear him because he might take away his liberality.

14. How does Machiavelli say a prince should keep the attention of the people?
(a) By explaining everything to the people.
(b) By keeping a low profile.
(c) By using his nobles to speak to the people.
(d) By taking bold actions.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What can a new prince be assured of?

2. When does Machiavelli say a prince should be thinking most about military strategy?

3. In terms of receiving advice, what is the main thing a prince must remember and do to preserve power.

4. What is the advantage of taking sides when both warring factions are weaker than the prince?

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

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