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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. Why does Machiavelli say that the sultans of Turkey and Egypt had to listen more to the military than to the people?
(a) Their countries were controlled by the military.
(b) The people did not understand the threats of invasion.
(c) All the men were drafted into the military.
(d) The best people were in their militaries.

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

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

4. 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) Be ready to execute those who offer bad advice.
(c) Only pretend to listen to advice.
(d) Listen to the right people but make up his own mind.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Machiavelli say a prince should be thinking most about military strategy?

2. What results when a ruler lacks resolution and his mind is easily changed.

3. Although Machiavelli says that Pope Julius II was impetuous in all he did, still he succeeded. Why?

4. How does Machiavelli say a prince should keep the attention of the people?

5. Those who were viewed with suspicion at the beginning of a princedom usually become the most loyal subjects. Why?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Machiavelli's position on fortresses.

2. Explain Machiavelli's views on rewards and punishments.

3. Detail how Machiavelli says Italian princes lose their dominions.

4. Why does Machiavelli caution against disarming the people of a conquered principality?

5. Because new princes are closely watched, what does Machiavelli say they must do?

6. Why does Machiavelli say that war is the only art expected of a prince?

7. How does Machiavelli say a prince should be like a fox and a lion?

8. Why does Machiavelli maintain that it is not possible for a prince to embody only good qualities?

9. What does Machiavelli say is the first estimate of a prince as a ruler? Why?

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

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