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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 does Machiavelli see as an insurmountable chasm?
(a) The reality of the way we live versus the ideas of how we ought to live.
(b) The understanding of the people versus the understanding of the prince.
(c) Idealism and Christian philosophy of living.
(d) The difference between the very rich and the very poor.

2. Who does Machiavelli assign blame to when a prince loses his dominion?
(a) The nobility.
(b) The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
(c) The prince himself.
(d) The fickleness of the people.

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

4. How will the prince be seen if his ministers are capable and wise even though he is not?
(a) He will be seen as capable and wise.
(b) He will be seen as having a great deal of luck.
(c) He will be seen as inferior.
(d) He will be seen as a puppet to his ministers.

5. What message does a prince give his subjects if he builds a fortress for himself?
(a) That he fears the people.
(b) That he is more important than the people.
(c) That he will always be ready to defend the people.
(d) That he trusts his military advisors.

Short Answer Questions

1. What must a prince always do concerning advice?

2. Who does Machiavelli single out as a prince who was always prepared for war?

3. What historical example does Machiavelli give to show how a military should be organized?

4. What does Machiavelli say is the only art expected of a prince?

5. What does Machiavelli suggest will be the reaction of the people if he is greedy and seizes property and women?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What warnings does Machiavelli give regarding the generosity of a prince.

3. Describe Machiavelli's position on fortresses.

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

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

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

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

8. How does Machiavelli tell the prince to avoid assassination attempts against him?

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

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

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