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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. When rule by law is ineffective, what does Machiavelli advise the prince to use?
(a) Great honesty.
(b) Popularity.
(c) Force.
(d) Diplomacy..

2. What is a constant threat to any prince?
(a) Loss of income.
(b) Assassination.
(c) Invasion.
(d) Unpopularity.

3. What is the first test of a new prince as a judge?
(a) Firing his military leaders and putting them into prison.
(b) The amount of public aid he offers the people.
(c) The number of executions he orders at the beginning of his reign.
(d) The wisdom and ability of the ministers he chooses to help him.

4. What causes the people to begin to support the new prince?
(a) Seeing many changes in their daily lives.
(b) Getting surprise gifts from the prince.
(c) Seeing they are well off.
(d) Having audiences with the prince.

5. Why does Machiavelli insist that a prince recalled by the people after being conquered offers him no security?
(a) It is probably only a stop-gap moment.
(b) It is noble and, therefore, weak.
(c) It is only a last ditch effort at establishing the dominion.
(d) It does not depend upon the prince himself for success.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is Machiavelli's advice about people who do things that ultimately enrich the princedom?

4. How does Machiavelli justify his position that a prince is not duty bound to keep his word?

5. How will the prince be seen if his ministers are capable and wise even though he is not?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Machiavelli's position on fortresses.

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

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

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

5. Discuss Machiavelli's discourse on flattery.

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

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

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

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

10. Because new princes are closely watched, what does Machiavelli say they must do?

(see the answer keys)

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