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

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

3. What is the advantage of being miserly?
(a) Waging was is possible without having to tax the people heavily.
(b) Everything eventually belongs to the prince.
(c) The prince can go count his money when he cannot sleep.
(d) The people will not work harder to receive the prince's generosity.

4. Why is a reputation for cruelty necessary for a prince?
(a) To show his tough love.
(b) To maintain control of his army.
(c) To defend himself from mercenaries.
(d) To keep people from asking too much.

5. What results when a ruler lacks resolution and his mind is easily changed.
(a) The people have no confidence in him.
(b) The people like his easy going style.
(c) Everyone knows what to expect. from the laws.
(d) Ministers always wait to see what a final decision will be.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which statement is true according to Machiavelli?

2. What, according to Machiavelli, is better than actually having all the good qualities of leadership?

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

4. What does Machiavelli say are the two main reasons for a prince to lose his dominion?

5. What Roman Emperor does Machiavelli cite as an example of being both a lion and a fox?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Machiavelli's discourse on flattery.

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

3. How does Machiavelli disagree with those who believe everything is controlled by God and Fortune.

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

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

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

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

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

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