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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What must a prince always do concerning advice?
(a) He must listen to everyone all the time.
(b) He must wait for his ministers to offer their advice.
(c) He must never accept anyone's advice except his own.
(d) He must discourage advice that he has not asked for.

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

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

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

5. Why does Machiavelli say that auxiliary forces are more dangerous than mercenaries?
(a) Auxiliary forces may be recalled if their home dominion is attacked.
(b) Auxilaries need less time and opportunity to move against the ruler that employed them.
(c) Mercenaries can all speak the language of the princedom.
(d) Auxiliary forces are not considered deserters if they run from war.

6. What does the prince gain from rewarding his ministers well for jobs well done?
(a) He gets their support without fear of their trying to overthrow him.
(b) He gets a percentage of all those ministers make from taking bribes.
(c) He gets time to look around for new ministers who are not so dangerous.
(d) He gets losts of gifts from those ministers who become wealthy.

7. A prince who has acquired a new dominion added to his own should disarm the conquered people. Why?
(a) It shows the new subjects that they are safe.
(b) The new subjects will feel that the miliary will protect them.
(c) The arms should be in the control of his own military.
(d) He only needs the arms to add to his arsenal.

8. What message does a prince give his subjects if he builds a fortress for himself?
(a) That he fears the people.
(b) That he trusts his military advisors.
(c) That he will always be ready to defend the people.
(d) That he is more important than the people.

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

10. What in Machiavelli's opinion is the problem with a prince being too liberal with his subjects?
(a) Everyone will always fear him because he might take away his liberality.
(b) Eventually his liberality will lead to burdensome taxation.
(c) People will not take him seriously when he has a problem.
(d) He will not have time to enjoy his own life.

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

12. How does Machiavelli justify his position that a prince is not duty bound to keep his word?
(a) He says men are basically self-centered and will not keep their word, so the prince is not obligated to do so.
(b) He says that people always believe everything a prince says, so he can say what he pleases.
(c) He says that a prince should always change his mind about everything until he gets all the facts.
(d) He says it is the only way to keep the people satisfied that he knows what he is doing.

13. What does Machiavelli say are the two main reasons for a prince to lose his dominion?
(a) Relying entirely on fate or making the wrong provisions for expected misfortune.
(b) Relying on himself and not listening to sound advice.
(c) Relying on the church and neglecting to read history.
(d) Relying on past experience and not planning for the unexpected.

14. Why should a prince keep down factions in his princedom?
(a) The prince must decide which faction is stronger and play up to them.
(b) The weaker faction will side with an outside enemy, and the stronger will not be able to hold out.
(c) Factions keep him tied up as a judge all the time.
(d) People enjoy the debates and work production slows down.

15. What historical example does Machiavelli give to show how a military should be organized?
(a) Darius, King of Persia.
(b) Phillip, father of Alexander the Great.
(c) The last days of the Roman Empire.
(d) Sparticus and the Roman slaves.

Short Answer Questions

1. What dichotomy does Machiavelli present regarding goodness and vices in a prince?

2. What response does a prince receive if he is seen as fickle, effeminate, cowardly, frivolous, or irresolute?

3. Which statement is true according to Machiavelli?

4. Why does Machiavelli insist that a prince need not always be honest?

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

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