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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 is the advantage of taking sides when both warring factions are weaker than the prince?
(a) He can take over both principalities after the war is over.
(b) He eliminates one and gains the obligation of the other.
(c) He could become a prisoner if he does not.
(d) He will get money from the side he chooses.

2. What does Machiavelli suggest will be the reaction of the people if he is greedy and seizes property and women?
(a) They will hate him.
(b) They will think he is a just ruler.
(c) They will become like him.
(d) They will support him.

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

4. How much of man's fate does Machiavelli ascribe to God and Fortune?
(a) Almost all.
(b) None at all.
(c) Everything.
(d) A little less than half.

5. How does Machiavelli say a prince should keep the attention of the people?
(a) By using his nobles to speak to the people.
(b) By keeping a low profile.
(c) By taking bold actions.
(d) By explaining everything to the people.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is a reputation for cruelty necessary for a prince?

2. What can a new prince be assured of?

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

4. What is a constant threat to any prince?

5. What message does a prince give his subjects if he builds a fortress for himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Machiavelli's position on fortresses.

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

3. Give examples of leaders who recognized the need for their own loyal troops.

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

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

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

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

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

9. Explain Machiavelli's famous statement that is is better to be feared than loved.

10. What is Machiavelli's position on neutrality? Explain.

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