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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What results when a ruler lacks resolution and his mind is easily changed.
(a) Ministers always wait to see what a final decision will be.
(b) Everyone knows what to expect. from the laws.
(c) The people have no confidence in him.
(d) The people like his easy going style.

4. 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 takes only a short time to make a decision
(d) One that can understand what other men think.

5. 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 will always be ready to defend the people.
(c) That he is more important than the people.
(d) That he fears the people.

6. 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.

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

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

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

10. A prince who has acquired a new dominion added to his own should disarm the conquered people. Why?
(a) The arms should be in the control of his own military.
(b) He only needs the arms to add to his arsenal.
(c) It shows the new subjects that they are safe.
(d) The new subjects will feel that the miliary will protect them.

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

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

13. Why should a new prince not disarm his people?
(a) Disarmed people cannot protect their prince.
(b) It shows that he either distrusts the people or fears them.
(c) It gives the people added duties and importance.
(d) Having arms is a basic human right.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What, according to Machiavelli, is better than actually having all the good qualities of leadership?

4. What causes the people to begin to support the new prince?

5. What is a constant threat to any prince?

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