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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Machiavelli's ultimate example of the correct use of cruelty?
(a) Hannibal.
(b) Alexander the Great.
(c) Moses.
(d) King Louis.

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

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

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

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

6. How is a prince ultimately judged?
(a) By his wealth and grandeur.
(b) By the mob.
(c) By his results.
(d) By his years as a prince.

7. 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) The best insurance a prince has for his safety.
(d) Women mercenaries who fight along side of men.

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

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

10. What does Machiavelli say the King of Naples and the Duke of Milan had in common?
(a) They both lost their dominions in Italy.
(b) They both had great skill in dealing with the nobles.
(c) They both learned quickly how to rule effectively.
(d) They both improved the laws in their dominions.

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

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

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

14. 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 time to look around for new ministers who are not so dangerous.
(c) He gets losts of gifts from those ministers who become wealthy.
(d) He gets a percentage of all those ministers make from taking bribes.

15. What does Machiavelli tell the prince is more important than morality in government?
(a) Expediency.
(b) Generosity.
(c) Philosophy.
(d) Religion.

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 causes the people to begin to support the new prince?

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

4. What did Heiro of Syracuse do when he realized his mercenary troops were worthless?

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

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