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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Those who were viewed with suspicion at the beginning of a princedom usually become the most loyal subjects. Why?
(a) The prince will use them for unpopular tasks.
(b) They work hard to gain the approval of the prince.
(c) The prince was a poor judge of character in the beginning.
(d) They never did anything to cause distrust in the first place.
2. What causes the people to begin to support the new prince?
(a) Getting surprise gifts from the prince.
(b) Having audiences with the prince.
(c) Seeing they are well off.
(d) Seeing many changes in their daily lives.
3. What does Machiavelli say the King of Naples and the Duke of Milan had in common?
(a) They both lost their dominions in Italy.
(b) They both improved the laws in their dominions.
(c) They both learned quickly how to rule effectively.
(d) They both had great skill in dealing with the nobles.
4. What is the one thing a man cannot fight against according to Machiavelli?
(a) Overwhelming bad fortune.
(c) Man's own nature.
(d) The weather.
5. What is the best type of mind Machiavelli says is needed for a strong prince?
(a) One that has no opinions whatsoever.
(b) One that can think for himself.
(c) One that takes only a short time to make a decision
(d) One that can understand what other men think.
6. Machiavelli's political thought is influenced greatly by the ideas of what?
(a) The writings of Aristotle.
(b) The Italian Rennaissance.
(c) The strength of the Medici.
(d) The Bible.
7. Who does Machiavelli cite as an example of generosity that ended badly?
(b) Marc Anthony.
(c) Alexander the Great.
(d) Julius Caesar.
8. What does Machiavelli tell the prince is more important than morality in government?
9. Although Machiavelli says that Pope Julius II was impetuous in all he did, still he succeeded. Why?
(a) His actions fit the times.
(b) Because of his successes, he always looked for new ways of doing things.
(c) He relied on God to keep him safe.
(d) Fate caused many changes during his time.
10. What results when a ruler lacks resolution and his mind is easily changed.
(a) The people have no confidence in him.
(b) The people like his easy going style.
(c) Everyone knows what to expect. from the laws.
(d) Ministers always wait to see what a final decision will be.
11. What metaphor does Machiavelli use to explain his ideas about Fortune?
(a) We cannot control the wind and are blown about by it.
(b) We cannot stop a river from overflowing, but we can make provisions against the disaster.
(c) Fortune as a mistress who always gets the upper hand on man.
(d) The animals know when to seek higher ground even before a flood happens.
12. 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 is not useful as a mental exercise.
(d) It has no basis in reality.
13. What is the advantage of being miserly?
(a) The prince can go count his money when he cannot sleep.
(b) Waging was is possible without having to tax the people heavily.
(c) The people will not work harder to receive the prince's generosity.
(d) Everything eventually belongs to the prince.
14. Why does Machiavelli insist that a prince recalled by the people after being conquered offers him no security?
(a) It does not depend upon the prince himself for success.
(b) It is noble and, therefore, weak.
(c) It is probably only a stop-gap moment.
(d) It is only a last ditch effort at establishing the dominion.
15. How does Machiavelli say a prince should keep the attention of the people?
(a) By using his nobles to speak to the people.
(b) By taking bold actions.
(c) By explaining everything to the people.
(d) By keeping a low profile.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which examples does Machiavelli use to support the idea of not being overly generous?
2. A prince who has acquired a new dominion added to his own should disarm the conquered people. Why?
3. Why does Machiavelli insist that a prince need not always be honest?
4. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best fortress for a prince?
5. What does Machiavelli say are the two main reasons for a prince to lose his dominion?
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