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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Machiavelli define auxiliary forces?
(a) The best insurance a prince has for his safety.
(b) Women mercenaries who fight along side of men.
(c) Those borrowed from other principalities to wage war.
(d) Extra manpower that may be called to active duty during a war.

2. When does Machiavelli say a prince should be thinking most about military strategy?
(a) On hunting expeditions.
(b) When he is being invaded.
(c) During times of peace.
(d) When he visits another prince.

3. Why should a new prince not disarm his people?
(a) It gives the people added duties and importance.
(b) Having arms is a basic human right.
(c) It shows that he either distrusts the people or fears them.
(d) Disarmed people cannot protect their prince.

4. What does Machiavelli see as an insurmountable chasm?
(a) The difference between the very rich and the very poor.
(b) Idealism and Christian philosophy of living.
(c) The reality of the way we live versus the ideas of how we ought to live.
(d) The understanding of the people versus the understanding of the prince.

5. What example does Machiavelli give of a ruler in whom his people have no confidence?
(a) Pope Alexander VI.
(b) King Ferdinand of Spain.
(c) King Louis of France.
(d) Emperor Maximillian.

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

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

8. What is the advantage of taking sides when both warring factions are weaker than the prince?
(a) He could become a prisoner if he does not.
(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 will get money from the side he chooses.

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

10. 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.

11. What does Machiavelli say is the problem with remaining neutral between two warring sides?
(a) It gives the appearance of self-importance.
(b) It cuts off all diplomatic relations.
(c) It loses former allies.
(d) It is impossible to do.

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

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

14. What does Machiavelli say is the first requirement of a commander?
(a) Knowing how to locate the enemy, deploy his soldiers, and lay siege to a city.
(b) Making constant changes in his miliary command.
(c) Making sure he has the money to pay his mercenaries.
(d) Frequently reviewing his troops.

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

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. Why should a prince declare himself as for or against two warring factions?

3. What does Machiavelli say the new prince can least afford?

4. What, according to Machiavelli, is better than actually having all the good qualities of leadership?

5. How does Machiavelli classify auxiliary troops?

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