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

2. What in Machiavelli's opinion is the problem with a prince being too liberal with his subjects?
(a) Everyone will always fear him because he might take away his liberality.
(b) Eventually his liberality will lead to burdensome taxation.
(c) He will not have time to enjoy his own life.
(d) People will not take him seriously when he has a problem.

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

4. What is Machiavelli's advice about people who do things that ultimately enrich the princedom?
(a) They should be viewed with suspicion.
(b) They should be taxed heavier than others.
(c) They should be amply rewarded.
(d) Their property should be confiscated.

5. Ferdinand of Spain became strong by waging war. What did he use to do that and get the people behind him?
(a) He only chose popular wars.
(b) The divine right of kings.
(c) The name of religion.
(d) The prosperity from military spending.

Short Answer Questions

1. What message does a prince give his subjects if he builds a fortress for himself?

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

3. In his discussion of the qualities of a good leader, how does Machiavelli depart from the accepted rules?

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

5. Why does Machiavelli say that auxiliary forces are more dangerous than mercenaries?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe Machiavelli's position on fortresses.

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

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

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

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

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

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