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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In terms of receiving advice, what is the main thing a prince must remember and do to preserve power.
(a) Listen to everyone because someone will have the best idea.
(b) Listen to the right people but make up his own mind.
(c) Only pretend to listen to advice.
(d) Be ready to execute those who offer bad advice.

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

3. 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.

4. Ferdinand of Spain became strong by waging war. What did he use to do that and get the people behind him?
(a) The prosperity from military spending.
(b) He only chose popular wars.
(c) The name of religion.
(d) The divine right of kings.

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

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

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

8. 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 does not accept the idea that a prince must be good in all matters.
(c) He accepts the Christian ideals of his time.
(d) He thinks that if the prince is always good, the people will imitate him.

9. What did Heiro of Syracuse do when he realized his mercenary troops were worthless?
(a) He put them on the front lines to be killed.
(b) He refused to pay them.
(c) He had them cut to pieces.
(d) He hired more mercenaries.

10. Why does Machiavelli insist that a prince need not always be honest?
(a) Because he cannot remember everything he said in the past.
(b) Because men are not basically good by nature.
(c) Because he needs to change the circumstances.
(d) Because an honest prince cannot be cruel at the same time.

11. What is a constant threat to any prince?
(a) Unpopularity.
(b) Invasion.
(c) Assassination.
(d) Loss of income.

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

13. What does Machiavelli say the new prince can least afford?
(a) Cruelty.
(b) Disorder.
(c) Excessive kindness.
(d) Executions.

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. What does the prince gain from rewarding his ministers well for jobs well done?
(a) He gets their support without fear of their trying to overthrow him.
(b) He gets losts of gifts from those ministers who become wealthy.
(c) He gets time to look around for new ministers who are not so dangerous.
(d) He gets a percentage of all those ministers make from taking bribes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What must a prince always do concerning advice?

2. What Roman Emperor does Machiavelli cite as an example of being both a lion and a fox?

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

4. Why does Machiavelli say that the sultans of Turkey and Egypt had to listen more to the military than to the people?

5. What is the first test of a new prince as a judge?

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