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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Machiavelli mean when he says "impetuousness is better than calculation"?
(a) Old men are usually more daring and agressive in their actions.
(b) Calculation enables one to do innovative things.
(c) Fortune admits more readily to boldness than to calculation.
(d) Young men are too cautious to be successful.

2. What is the best type of mind Machiavelli says is needed for a strong prince?
(a) One that takes only a short time to make a decision
(b) One that has no opinions whatsoever.
(c) One that can think for himself.
(d) One that can understand what other men think.

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

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

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

6. What is more effective than honesty in a prince?
(a) Indifference.
(b) Good looks.
(c) Cunning.
(d) Generosity.

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

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

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

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

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

12. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best fortress for a prince?
(a) Favorable public opinion.
(b) A palace surrounded by a wide moat.
(c) Military barracks surrounding his palace.
(d) A palace in the center of the city.

13. What does Machiavelli say the new prince can least afford?
(a) Disorder.
(b) Excessive kindness.
(c) Cruelty.
(d) Executions.

14. How will the prince be seen if his ministers are capable and wise even though he is not?
(a) He will be seen as having a great deal of luck.
(b) He will be seen as capable and wise.
(c) He will be seen as a puppet to his ministers.
(d) He will be seen as inferior.

15. What is the advantage of taking sides when both warring factions are weaker than the prince?
(a) He can take over both principalities after the war is over.
(b) He could become a prisoner if he does not.
(c) He will get money from the side he chooses.
(d) He eliminates one and gains the obligation of the other.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Those who were viewed with suspicion at the beginning of a princedom usually become the most loyal subjects. Why?

3. When does Machiavelli say a prince should be thinking most about military strategy?

4. Who does Machiavelli cite as an example of generosity that ended badly?

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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