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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How does Machiavelli classify auxiliary troops?
(a) As the best possible choice for a prince to make.
(b) As cheaper than hiring independent mercenaries.
(c) As the worst possible choice for a prince to make.
(d) As extremely reliable during a crisis.

4. What is the advantage of taking sides when both warring factions are weaker than the prince?
(a) He will get money from the side he chooses.
(b) He can take over both principalities after the war is over.
(c) He eliminates one and gains the obligation of the other.
(d) He could become a prisoner if he does not.

5. What must a prince always do concerning advice?
(a) He must listen to everyone all the time.
(b) He must discourage advice that he has not asked for.
(c) He must wait for his ministers to offer their advice.
(d) He must never accept anyone's advice except his own.

6. What does Machiavelli say the new prince can least afford?
(a) Executions.
(b) Cruelty.
(c) Excessive kindness.
(d) Disorder.

7. Why does Machiavelli argue against a prince being overly generous?
(a) By being generous, he avoids beeing seen as a miser.
(b) His generosity includes being able to pay his military high wages.
(c) By being generous the people love him excessively.
(d) To support his generosity, the prince must tax his subjects heavily.

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 their support without fear of their trying to overthrow him.
(c) He gets a percentage of all those ministers make from taking bribes.
(d) He gets losts of gifts from those ministers who become wealthy.

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

10. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which statement is true according to Machiavelli?

2. When rule by law is ineffective, what does Machiavelli advise the prince to use?

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

4. What can a new prince be assured of?

5. How does Machiavelli say that the great military leaders of history were so successful?

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