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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When rule by law is ineffective, what does Machiavelli advise the prince to use?
(a) Force.
(b) Great honesty.
(c) Diplomacy..
(d) Popularity.

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

3. How does Machiavelli say a private citizen might make himself a prince?
(a) By hiring his own mercenaries.
(b) By becoming a puppet of an enemy military.
(c) By becoming proficient in war and rising in rank.
(d) By avoiding war and promoting peace.

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

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

6. 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 probably only a stop-gap moment.
(c) It does not depend upon the prince himself for success.
(d) It is noble and, therefore, weak.

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

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

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

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

11. 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 inferior.
(c) He will be seen as having a great deal of luck.
(d) He will be seen as capable and wise.

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

13. Who does Machiavelli assign blame to when a prince loses his dominion?
(a) The nobility.
(b) The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
(c) The prince himself.
(d) The fickleness of the people.

14. What can a new prince be assured of?
(a) That there will be a time of stability in the early days.
(b) That he will automatically have the loyalty of his subjects.
(c) That no one expects him to do anything unusual.
(d) That he will be watched closely.

15. What Biblical example does Machiavelli use to show that someone else's arms are useless?
(a) Egypt and Syria.
(b) Samson and Delilah.
(c) Caleb and Joshua.
(d) David and Goliath.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why should a prince declare himself as for or against two warring factions?

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

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

4. What does Machiavelli say is the only art expected of a prince?

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

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