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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What response does a prince receive if he is seen as fickle, effeminate, cowardly, frivolous, or irresolute?
(a) None.
(b) Strong support.
(c) Contempt.
(d) Admiration.

3. 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.

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

5. What does Machiavelli warn the prince against?
(a) Flattery.
(b) Other people's opinions of him.
(c) Unpopularity.
(d) Seriousness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. Who can successfully gain the reputation for generosity but not ruin himself in the process?
(a) A prince who goes to war to create jobs for his subjects.
(b) A prince who has unlimited resources.
(c) A prince who gives away someone else's money.
(d) A prince who only gives when he can expect a generous return.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is it that a prince cannot control among his subjects?

2. Why is a reputation for cruelty necessary for a prince?

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

4. Although Machiavelli says that Pope Julius II was impetuous in all he did, still he succeeded. Why?

5. What does Machiavelli say the new prince can least afford?

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