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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 may be recalled if their home dominion is attacked.
(d) Auxiliary forces are not considered deserters if they run from war.

2. Which prince does Machiavelli say must be generous?
(a) One who is about to go to war.
(b) One just coming into power.
(c) One who has excessive vices.
(d) One who inherited his title.

3. How does Machiavelli say a private citizen might make himself a prince?
(a) By becoming a puppet of an enemy military.
(b) By avoiding war and promoting peace.
(c) By hiring his own mercenaries.
(d) By becoming proficient in war and rising in rank.

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 inferior.
(b) He will be seen as capable and wise.
(c) He will be seen as a puppet to his ministers.
(d) He will be seen as having a great deal of luck.

5. What is the one thing a man cannot fight against according to Machiavelli?
(a) The weather.
(b) Religion.
(c) Man's own nature.
(d) Overwhelming bad fortune.

6. What is it that a prince cannot control among his subjects?
(a) Their fear.
(b) Their taxation.
(c) Their cooperation.
(d) Their love.

7. 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.

8. Who does Machiavelli cite as an example of generosity that ended badly?
(a) Julius Caesar.
(b) Alexander the Great.
(c) Marc Anthony.
(d) Moses.

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

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

11. What does Machiavelli say is the problem with remaining neutral between two warring sides?
(a) It is impossible to do.
(b) It loses former allies.
(c) It gives the appearance of self-importance.
(d) It cuts off all diplomatic relations.

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

13. Who does Machiavelli assign blame to when a prince loses his dominion?
(a) The prince himself.
(b) The fickleness of the people.
(c) The nobility.
(d) The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

14. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best fortress for a prince?
(a) Favorable public opinion.
(b) Military barracks surrounding his palace.
(c) A palace in the center of the city.
(d) A palace surrounded by a wide moat.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How is a prince ultimately judged?

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

3. How does Machiavelli justify his position that a prince is not duty bound to keep his word?

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

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

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