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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. Why does Machiavelli insist that a prince need not always be honest?
(a) Because men are not basically good by nature.
(b) Because he cannot remember everything he said in the past.
(c) Because an honest prince cannot be cruel at the same time.
(d) Because he needs to change the circumstances.

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

3. In his discussion of the qualities of a good leader, how does Machiavelli depart from the accepted rules?
(a) He thinks that if the prince is always good, the people will imitate him.
(b) He accepts the Christian ideals of his time.
(c) He does not accept the idea that a prince must be good in all matters.
(d) He says a prince must always do the will of the people.

4. What Roman Emperor does Machiavelli cite as an example of being both a lion and a fox?
(a) Julius Caesar.
(b) Antonius Severus.
(c) Marc Anthony.
(d) Septimius Severus.

5. How can honesty in other people cause the prince to lose respect?
(a) When the honesty is really only half truths.
(b) When the prince never believes anything he hears.
(c) When people are not afraid of offending the prince by what they say.
(d) When their honesty is not recognized for what it is.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first test of a new prince as a judge?

2. What does the wise prince do to maintain the loyalty of the people?

3. Which statement is true according to Machiavelli?

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

5. What does Machiavelli say the new prince can least afford?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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