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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Machiavelli see as an insurmountable chasm?
(a) Idealism and Christian philosophy of living.
(b) The difference between the very rich and the very poor.
(c) The understanding of the people versus the understanding of the prince.
(d) The reality of the way we live versus the ideas of how we ought to live.

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

4. What does the wise prince do to maintain the loyalty of the people?
(a) Does both popular and unpopular actions always in a fair manner.
(b) Perfroms the popular acts himself and delegates unpopular actions to someone else.
(c) Plays with the people and leaves the government up to someone else.
(d) Exasperates the nobles and therefore pleases the people.

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

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

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

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

9. What can a new prince be assured of?
(a) That he will be watched closely.
(b) That there will be a time of stability in the early days.
(c) That no one expects him to do anything unusual.
(d) That he will automatically have the loyalty of his subjects.

10. What does Machiavelli say is the only art expected of a prince?
(a) The art of diplomacy.
(b) The art of fine living.
(c) The art of collecting.
(d) The art of war.

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

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

13. 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.

14. How does Machiavelli say a prince can make himself feared without making himself hated?
(a) By leaving people's property alone.
(b) By giving pardons to criminals.
(c) By taking the women away.
(d) By hanging only unpopular criminals.

15. What metaphor does Machiavelli use to explain his ideas about Fortune?
(a) We cannot control the wind and are blown about by it.
(b) We cannot stop a river from overflowing, but we can make provisions against the disaster.
(c) The animals know when to seek higher ground even before a flood happens.
(d) Fortune as a mistress who always gets the upper hand on man.

Short Answer Questions

1. How can honesty in other people cause the prince to lose respect?

2. What does Machiavelli tell the prince is more important than morality in government?

3. When rule by law is ineffective, what does Machiavelli advise the prince to use?

4. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best fortress for a prince?

5. How does Machiavelli say that the great military leaders of history were so successful?

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