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

2. What historical example does Machiavelli give to show how a military should be organized?
(a) Sparticus and the Roman slaves.
(b) The last days of the Roman Empire.
(c) Darius, King of Persia.
(d) Phillip, father of Alexander the Great.

3. How does Machiavelli justify his position that a prince is not duty bound to keep his word?
(a) He says that people always believe everything a prince says, so he can say what he pleases.
(b) He says men are basically self-centered and will not keep their word, so the prince is not obligated to do so.
(c) He says it is the only way to keep the people satisfied that he knows what he is doing.
(d) He says that a prince should always change his mind about everything until he gets all the facts.

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

5. When does Machiavelli say a prince should be thinking most about military strategy?
(a) When he visits another prince.
(b) On hunting expeditions.
(c) During times of peace.
(d) When he is being invaded.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Machiavelli define avarice?

2. What does Machiavelli suggest is wrong with concepts of an ideal princedom or republic.

3. How does Machiavelli classify auxiliary troops?

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

5. Which examples does Machiavelli use to support the idea of not being overly generous?

Short Essay Questions

1. When there is peace outside the principality, what does Machiavelli caution against?

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

3. Describe Machiavelli's position on fortresses.

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

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

6. How can a prince gain a reputation for great accomplishments and generosity without bringing about his own ruin?

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

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

9. Explain how Machiavelli sees the weakness of using auxiliary forces as a military for a princedom.

10. Explain how Machiavelli sees Utopian ideas of principalities and republics.

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