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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Machiavelli say that the sultans of Turkey and Egypt had to listen more to the military than to the people?
(a) The people did not understand the threats of invasion.
(b) The best people were in their militaries.
(c) Their countries were controlled by the military.
(d) All the men were drafted into the military.

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

3. Why is a reputation for cruelty necessary for a prince?
(a) To maintain control of his army.
(b) To keep people from asking too much.
(c) To show his tough love.
(d) To defend himself from mercenaries.

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

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

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

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

8. What response does a prince receive if he is seen as fickle, effeminate, cowardly, frivolous, or irresolute?
(a) Contempt.
(b) Strong support.
(c) None.
(d) Admiration.

9. Who can successfully gain the reputation for generosity but not ruin himself in the process?
(a) A prince who only gives when he can expect a generous return.
(b) A prince who has unlimited resources.
(c) A prince who goes to war to create jobs for his subjects.
(d) A prince who gives away someone else's money.

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

11. 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) It has no basis in reality.
(d) More people have not considered the concepts.

12. What is the first test of a new prince as a judge?
(a) Firing his military leaders and putting them into prison.
(b) The wisdom and ability of the ministers he chooses to help him.
(c) The number of executions he orders at the beginning of his reign.
(d) The amount of public aid he offers the people.

13. What results when a ruler lacks resolution and his mind is easily changed.
(a) Everyone knows what to expect. from the laws.
(b) Ministers always wait to see what a final decision will be.
(c) The people like his easy going style.
(d) The people have no confidence in him.

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

15. How does Machiavelli define avarice?
(a) Being of the disposition to take what is not one's own.
(b) Being so generous that he has nothing left.
(c) Being nothing but a warrior.
(d) Being miserly and not generous enough.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the best type of mind Machiavelli says is needed for a strong prince?

3. What is the one thing a man cannot fight against according to Machiavelli?

4. Which statement is true according to Machiavelli?

5. How does Machiavelli say a private citizen might make himself a prince?

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