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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Machiavelli define auxiliary forces?
(a) Those borrowed from other principalities to wage war.
(b) Extra manpower that may be called to active duty during a war.
(c) Women mercenaries who fight along side of men.
(d) The best insurance a prince has for his safety.

3. Why does Machiavelli argue against a prince being overly generous?
(a) To support his generosity, the prince must tax his subjects heavily.
(b) By being generous the people love him excessively.
(c) By being generous, he avoids beeing seen as a miser.
(d) His generosity includes being able to pay his military high wages.

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

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

6. What is the first test of a new prince as a judge?
(a) The amount of public aid he offers the people.
(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) Firing his military leaders and putting them into prison.

7. 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 goes to war to create jobs for his subjects.
(c) A prince who has unlimited resources.
(d) A prince who gives away someone else's money.

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

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

10. 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.

11. How does Machiavelli say a prince should keep the attention of the people?
(a) By taking bold actions.
(b) By explaining everything to the people.
(c) By using his nobles to speak to the people.
(d) By keeping a low profile.

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

13. How much of man's fate does Machiavelli ascribe to God and Fortune?
(a) Everything.
(b) None at all.
(c) Almost all.
(d) A little less than half.

14. Which examples does Machiavelli use to support the idea of not being overly generous?
(a) The King of Spain and the King of France.
(b) King Midas and King Darius.
(c) King Saul and Ramses the Great.
(d) Moses and the Duke of Milan.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How will the prince be seen if his ministers are capable and wise even though he is not?

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

4. Why should a new prince not disarm his people?

5. What does Machiavelli warn the prince against?

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