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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. Which statement is true according to Machiavelli?
(a) A prince should be quick to believe and quick to act.
(b) Men are more likely to break a promise made in fear.
(c) It is better to be feared than loved.
(d) Men care more about offending those they love than those they fear.

2. How does Machiavelli define avarice?
(a) Being of the disposition to take what is not one's own.
(b) Being nothing but a warrior.
(c) Being so generous that he has nothing left.
(d) Being miserly and not generous enough.

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

4. What does Machiavelli say is the only art expected of a prince?
(a) The art of collecting.
(b) The art of fine living.
(c) The art of diplomacy.
(d) The art of war.

5. What does Machiavelli tell the prince is more important than morality in government?
(a) Religion.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Generosity.
(d) Expediency.

Short Answer Questions

1. What causes the people to begin to support the new prince?

2. How does Machiavelli say a prince should keep the attention of the people?

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

4. What does Machiavelli say are the two main reasons for a prince to lose his dominion?

5. What does Machiavelli warn the prince against?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the two main reasons that a prince may be secure one day and lose his dominion the next.

4. Outline Machiavelli's position of honesty in a prince.

5. Describe Machiavelli's position on fortresses.

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

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

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

9. How does Machiavelli say a prince should be like a fox and a lion?

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

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