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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 suggest is wrong with concepts of an ideal princedom or republic.
(a) More people have not considered the concepts.
(b) It has no basis in reality.
(c) It is not useful as a mental exercise.
(d) It can only be accomplished by a pure leader.

2. How does Machiavelli say a prince can make himself feared without making himself hated?
(a) By giving pardons to criminals.
(b) By leaving people's property alone.
(c) By taking the women away.
(d) By hanging only unpopular criminals.

3. What does the wise prince do to maintain the loyalty of the people?
(a) Exasperates the nobles and therefore pleases the people.
(b) Does both popular and unpopular actions always in a fair manner.
(c) Plays with the people and leaves the government up to someone else.
(d) Perfroms the popular acts himself and delegates unpopular actions to someone else.

4. What does Machiavelli say is the first requirement of a commander?
(a) Frequently reviewing his troops.
(b) Making constant changes in his miliary command.
(c) Knowing how to locate the enemy, deploy his soldiers, and lay siege to a city.
(d) Making sure he has the money to pay his mercenaries.

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 name of religion.
(c) The divine right of kings.
(d) The prosperity from military spending.

Short Answer Questions

1. What can a new prince be assured of?

2. What does Machiavelli suggest will be the reaction of the people if he is greedy and seizes property and women?

3. What is the advantage of being miserly?

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

5. Although Machiavelli says that Pope Julius II was impetuous in all he did, still he succeeded. Why?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How can a prince gain a reputation for great accomplishments and generosity without bringing about his own ruin?

6. Explain Machiavelli's famous statement that is is better to be feared than loved.

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

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

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

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

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