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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Machiavelli say a private citizen might make himself a prince?
(a) By becoming a puppet of an enemy military.
(b) By avoiding war and promoting peace.
(c) By becoming proficient in war and rising in rank.
(d) By hiring his own mercenaries.

3. 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.

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

5. 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 eliminates one and gains the obligation of the other.
(c) He can take over both principalities after the war is over.
(d) He will get money from the side he chooses.

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

7. In his discussion of the qualities of a good leader, how does Machiavelli depart from the accepted rules?
(a) He does not accept the idea that a prince must be good in all matters.
(b) He accepts the Christian ideals of his time.
(c) He says a prince must always do the will of the people.
(d) He thinks that if the prince is always good, the people will imitate him.

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

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

10. How will a prince often be judged by others?
(a) By the size of his palace.
(b) By the family he marries into.
(c) By the behavior of his ministers.
(d) By the number of sons he has.

11. What causes the people to begin to support the new prince?
(a) Seeing many changes in their daily lives.
(b) Having audiences with the prince.
(c) Seeing they are well off.
(d) Getting surprise gifts from the prince.

12. 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 learned quickly how to rule effectively.
(c) They both lost their dominions in Italy.
(d) They both had great skill in dealing with the nobles.

13. Although Machiavelli says that Pope Julius II was impetuous in all he did, still he succeeded. Why?
(a) Because of his successes, he always looked for new ways of doing things.
(b) His actions fit the times.
(c) Fate caused many changes during his time.
(d) He relied on God to keep him safe.

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much of man's fate does Machiavelli ascribe to God and Fortune?

2. How does Machiavelli say a prince can make himself feared without making himself hated?

3. Why does Machiavelli say that auxiliary forces are more dangerous than mercenaries?

4. In terms of receiving advice, what is the main thing a prince must remember and do to preserve power.

5. What is a constant threat to any prince?

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