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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Machiavelli tell the prince is more important than morality in government?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Religion.
(c) Expediency.
(d) Generosity.

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

3. Which examples does Machiavelli use to support the idea of not being overly generous?
(a) King Midas and King Darius.
(b) The King of Spain and the King of France.
(c) King Saul and Ramses the Great.
(d) Moses and the Duke of Milan.

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

5. In terms of receiving advice, what is the main thing a prince must remember and do to preserve power.
(a) Only pretend to listen to advice.
(b) Be ready to execute those who offer bad advice.
(c) Listen to everyone because someone will have the best idea.
(d) Listen to the right people but make up his own mind.

6. What does Machiavelli suggest is wrong with concepts of an ideal princedom or republic.
(a) It is not useful as a mental exercise.
(b) It can only be accomplished by a pure leader.
(c) More people have not considered the concepts.
(d) It has no basis in reality.

7. What is the one thing a man cannot fight against according to Machiavelli?
(a) The weather.
(b) Religion.
(c) Overwhelming bad fortune.
(d) Man's own nature.

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

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

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

11. How is a prince ultimately judged?
(a) By his years as a prince.
(b) By the mob.
(c) By his wealth and grandeur.
(d) By his results.

12. What does the wise prince do to maintain the loyalty of the people?
(a) Plays with the people and leaves the government up to someone else.
(b) Exasperates the nobles and therefore pleases the people.
(c) Perfroms the popular acts himself and delegates unpopular actions to someone else.
(d) Does both popular and unpopular actions always in a fair manner.

13. What metaphor does Machiavelli use to explain his ideas about Fortune?
(a) We cannot control the wind and are blown about by it.
(b) Fortune as a mistress who always gets the upper hand on man.
(c) We cannot stop a river from overflowing, but we can make provisions against the disaster.
(d) The animals know when to seek higher ground even before a flood happens.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Machiavelli say that the sultans of Turkey and Egypt had to listen more to the military than to the people?

2. What results when a ruler lacks resolution and his mind is easily changed.

3. Why should a new prince not disarm his people?

4. Why should a prince keep down factions in his princedom?

5. Why does Machiavelli insist that a prince recalled by the people after being conquered offers him no security?

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