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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Machiavelli say that the great military leaders of history were so successful?
(a) By finding new ways to avoid war.
(b) By relying on hired soldiers from other countries.
(c) By imitating the great men before them.
(d) By studying the arts.

2. Why should a prince declare himself as for or against two warring factions?
(a) He should not be seen as waivering.
(b) He should look like he is wiser than other princes.
(c) He will be able to deal with the loser.
(d) He will always know which side will win.

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

4. What dichotomy does Machiavelli present regarding goodness and vices in a prince?
(a) People see goodness as weakness and vices as strengths.
(b) His goodness may lead to his downfall whereas his vices may sometimes keep him safe.
(c) Goodness will preserve his princedom while vices will bring his downfall.
(d) Vices can be balanced out by the amount of fear they generate.

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

6. What does the prince gain from rewarding his ministers well for jobs well done?
(a) He gets losts of gifts from those ministers who become wealthy.
(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 their support without fear of their trying to overthrow him.

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

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

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

10. What is the one thing a man cannot fight against according to Machiavelli?
(a) Overwhelming bad fortune.
(b) Religion.
(c) The weather.
(d) Man's own nature.

11. 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) Mercenaries can all speak the language of the princedom.
(c) Auxilaries need less time and opportunity to move against the ruler that employed them.
(d) Auxiliary forces are not considered deserters if they run from war.

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

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

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

15. Which statement is true according to Machiavelli?
(a) It is better to be feared than loved.
(b) Men care more about offending those they love than those they fear.
(c) Men are more likely to break a promise made in fear.
(d) A prince should be quick to believe and quick to act.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Biblical example does Machiavelli use to show that someone else's arms are useless?

2. What is Machiavelli's advice about people who do things that ultimately enrich the princedom?

3. Ferdinand of Spain became strong by waging war. What did he use to do that and get the people behind him?

4. What is a constant threat to any prince?

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

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