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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 suggest is wrong with concepts of an ideal princedom or republic.
(a) It can only be accomplished by a pure leader.
(b) It has no basis in reality.
(c) More people have not considered the concepts.
(d) It is not useful as a mental exercise.

2. 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.

3. Why should a new prince not disarm his people?
(a) It shows that he either distrusts the people or fears them.
(b) Having arms is a basic human right.
(c) Disarmed people cannot protect their prince.
(d) It gives the people added duties and importance.

4. What does the wise prince do to maintain the loyalty of the people?
(a) Perfroms the popular acts himself and delegates unpopular actions to someone else.
(b) Does both popular and unpopular actions always in a fair manner.
(c) Plays with the people and leaves the government up to someone else.
(d) Exasperates the nobles and therefore pleases the people.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Machiavelli's political thought is influenced greatly by the ideas of what?

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

3. Why does Machiavelli argue against a prince being overly generous?

4. What dichotomy does Machiavelli present regarding goodness and vices in a prince?

5. How can honesty in other people cause the prince to lose respect?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What kind of reading does Machiavelli advise for the prince? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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