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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 could become a prisoner if he does not.
(b) He can take over both principalities after the war is over.
(c) He eliminates one and gains the obligation of the other.
(d) He will get money from the side he chooses.

2. How does Machiavelli justify his position that a prince is not duty bound to keep his word?
(a) He says men are basically self-centered and will not keep their word, so the prince is not obligated to do so.
(b) He says that people always believe everything a prince says, so he can say what he pleases.
(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.

3. What metaphor does Machiavelli use to explain his ideas about Fortune?
(a) Fortune as a mistress who always gets the upper hand on man.
(b) We cannot control the wind and are blown about by it.
(c) We cannot stop a river from overflowing, but we can make provisions against the disaster.
(d) The animals know when to seek higher ground even before a flood happens.

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

5. What example does Machiavelli give of a ruler in whom his people have no confidence?
(a) King Ferdinand of Spain.
(b) King Louis of France.
(c) Pope Alexander VI.
(d) Emperor Maximillian.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. A prince who has acquired a new dominion added to his own should disarm the conquered people. Why?

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

5. What is a constant threat to any prince?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Discuss Machiavelli's discourse on flattery.

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