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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is it that a prince cannot control among his subjects?
(a) Their taxation.
(b) Their love.
(c) Their fear.
(d) Their cooperation.

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

4. What does Machiavelli say the King of Naples and the Duke of Milan had in common?
(a) They both improved the laws in their dominions.
(b) They both lost their dominions in Italy.
(c) They both had great skill in dealing with the nobles.
(d) They both learned quickly how to rule effectively.

5. What is the advantage of being miserly?
(a) The prince can go count his money when he cannot sleep.
(b) The people will not work harder to receive the prince's generosity.
(c) Waging was is possible without having to tax the people heavily.
(d) Everything eventually belongs to the prince.

6. Those who were viewed with suspicion at the beginning of a princedom usually become the most loyal subjects. Why?
(a) The prince was a poor judge of character in the beginning.
(b) They never did anything to cause distrust in the first place.
(c) They work hard to gain the approval of the prince.
(d) The prince will use them for unpopular tasks.

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

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

9. What does Machiavelli warn the prince against?
(a) Other people's opinions of him.
(b) Unpopularity.
(c) Flattery.
(d) Seriousness.

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

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

12. 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.

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

14. What does Machiavelli say are the two main reasons for a prince to lose his dominion?
(a) Relying on the church and neglecting to read history.
(b) Relying on past experience and not planning for the unexpected.
(c) Relying on himself and not listening to sound advice.
(d) Relying entirely on fate or making the wrong provisions for expected misfortune.

15. Ferdinand of Spain became strong by waging war. What did he use to do that and get the people behind him?
(a) He only chose popular wars.
(b) The name of religion.
(c) The prosperity from military spending.
(d) The divine right of kings.

Short Answer Questions

1. A prince who has acquired a new dominion added to his own should disarm the conquered people. Why?

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

3. What dichotomy does Machiavelli present regarding goodness and vices in a prince?

4. Which prince does Machiavelli say must be generous?

5. Who does Machiavelli cite as an example of generosity that ended badly?

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