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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 can a new prince be assured of?
(a) That he will automatically have the loyalty of his subjects.
(b) That he will be watched closely.
(c) That no one expects him to do anything unusual.
(d) That there will be a time of stability in the early days.

2. What message does a prince give his subjects if he builds a fortress for himself?
(a) That he will always be ready to defend the people.
(b) That he fears the people.
(c) That he trusts his military advisors.
(d) That he is more important than the people.

3. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best fortress for a prince?
(a) A palace surrounded by a wide moat.
(b) Military barracks surrounding his palace.
(c) Favorable public opinion.
(d) A palace in the center of the city.

4. Why should a prince keep down factions in his princedom?
(a) People enjoy the debates and work production slows down.
(b) Factions keep him tied up as a judge all the time.
(c) The prince must decide which faction is stronger and play up to them.
(d) The weaker faction will side with an outside enemy, and the stronger will not be able to hold out.

5. Who does Machiavelli single out as a prince who was always prepared for war?
(a) Ramses II
(b) Philopoemonm, Prince of the Achaians
(c) Xenophon
(d) The sons of Sforza, Duke of Milan

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Machiavelli define auxiliary forces?

2. In terms of receiving advice, what is the main thing a prince must remember and do to preserve power.

3. How can honesty in other people cause the prince to lose respect?

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

5. Why does Machiavelli say that the sultans of Turkey and Egypt had to listen more to the military than to the people?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Machiavelli's position on fortresses.

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

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

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

8. Discuss Machiavelli's discourse on flattery.

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

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

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