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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) Diplomacy..
(c) Great honesty.
(d) Popularity.

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

3. Which prince does Machiavelli say must be generous?
(a) One just coming into power.
(b) One who inherited his title.
(c) One who is about to go to war.
(d) One who has excessive vices.

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

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

6. Which statement is true according to Machiavelli?
(a) It is better to be feared than loved.
(b) A prince should be quick to believe and quick to act.
(c) Men care more about offending those they love than those they fear.
(d) Men are more likely to break a promise made in fear.

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

8. Who is Machiavelli's ultimate example of the correct use of cruelty?
(a) Moses.
(b) Alexander the Great.
(c) King Louis.
(d) Hannibal.

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

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

11. 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.

12. What did Heiro of Syracuse do when he realized his mercenary troops were worthless?
(a) He had them cut to pieces.
(b) He hired more mercenaries.
(c) He put them on the front lines to be killed.
(d) He refused to pay them.

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

14. How can honesty in other people cause the prince to lose respect?
(a) When people are not afraid of offending the prince by what they say.
(b) When the prince never believes anything he hears.
(c) When their honesty is not recognized for what it is.
(d) When the honesty is really only half truths.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is a reputation for cruelty necessary for a prince?

2. What does the prince gain from rewarding his ministers well for jobs well done?

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

4. Machiavelli's political thought is influenced greatly by the ideas of what?

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

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