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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What combination of circumstances does Machiavelli identify in men like Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus?
(a) Opportunity and merit.
(b) Strength and fortitude.
(c) Pride and ability.
(d) Time and location.

2. What problem faces a prince appointed by the nobles?
(a) The people will only support a prince appointed by the nobles.
(b) The nobles see themselves as his equal and are not inclined to obey him.
(c) The people know they have rights under a price appointed by the nobles.
(d) The nobles never have the good will of the people which makes for tensions.

3. What is the advantage of the prince selected by the people?
(a) The nobles will always see this as a good sign and cooperate with the prince.
(b) He will be unable to ignore the wishes of the nobles.
(c) He will have their support because all they want is not to be oppresed.
(d) The people will see the prince change them in many ways.

4. Why does Machiavelli say that Prince Lorenzo should not be surprised at what he is saying about new princedoms?
(a) He is giving the highest examples from history.
(b) He is the only man who knows the facts he is about to reveal.
(c) He is citing his own experience as a new prince.
(d) He will talk only about princes he has known personally.

5. What reasons does Machiavelli put forward to get Prince Lorenzo to read his book?
(a) Experience and his low-born status.
(b) Experience and his ability as a writer.
(c) Experience and his personal need.
(d) Experience and the absence of flattery.

Short Answer Questions

1. What factor does Machiavelli suggest makes it easier to rule a new territory?

2. What was the motivation for Machiavelli to write THE PRINCE?

3. What is Machiavelli removing from the political thinking during a time when the Roman Catholic Church was still appointing Emperors?

4. Cesare Borgia was helped in his drive for power by his father. Who was he?

5. How does Machiavelli define a new princedom or dominion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Machiavelli's discourse on flattery.

2. What is Machiavelli's advice regarding unasked for counsel?

3. Describe the weakness Machiavelli sees with using mercenaries as the primary military strength of the prince.

4. How does Machiavelli suggest a prince can be cruel and still be respected?

5. How are Ecclesiastical dominions so easily maintained?

6. Explain how Machiavelli sees the importance of sound laws and a sound military.

7. Explain how, according to Machiavelli, Alexander the Great was able to establish a government in Persia that lasted long after his untimely death.

8. How does Machiavelli disagree with those who believe everything is controlled by God and Fortune.

9. Tell how Machiavelli suggests it is easiest to control a conquered state.

10. How does Machiavelli evaluate the three types of mind he says princes may have?

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