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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 the prince gain from rewarding his ministers well for jobs well done?
(a) He gets losts of gifts from those ministers who become wealthy.
(b) He gets their support without fear of their trying to overthrow him.
(c) He gets a percentage of all those ministers make from taking bribes.
(d) He gets time to look around for new ministers who are not so dangerous.

2. What, according to Machiavelli, is better than actually having all the good qualities of leadership?
(a) Keeping all promises.
(b) Really understanding the problems of the people.
(c) Having the appearance of being religious.
(d) Never forgetting anything said in the past.

3. What does Machiavelli say are the two main reasons for a prince to lose his dominion?
(a) Relying entirely on fate or making the wrong provisions for expected misfortune.
(b) Relying on the church and neglecting to read history.
(c) Relying on past experience and not planning for the unexpected.
(d) Relying on himself and not listening to sound advice.

4. What does Machiavelli mean when he says "impetuousness is better than calculation"?
(a) Fortune admits more readily to boldness than to calculation.
(b) Old men are usually more daring and agressive in their actions.
(c) Young men are too cautious to be successful.
(d) Calculation enables one to do innovative things.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Machiavelli say a prince can make himself feared without making himself hated?

3. What Biblical example does Machiavelli use to show that someone else's arms are useless?

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

5. What is the advantage of being miserly?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is Machiavelli's advice regarding unasked for counsel?

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

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