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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 Biblical example does Machiavelli use to show that someone else's arms are useless?
(a) David and Goliath.
(b) Egypt and Syria.
(c) Caleb and Joshua.
(d) Samson and Delilah.

2. What is more effective than honesty in a prince?
(a) Generosity.
(b) Indifference.
(c) Cunning.
(d) Good looks.

3. Which statement is true according to Machiavelli?
(a) Men are more likely to break a promise made in fear.
(b) A prince should be quick to believe and quick to act.
(c) It is better to be feared than loved.
(d) Men care more about offending those they love than those they fear.

4. What does the prince gain from rewarding his ministers well for jobs well done?
(a) He gets a percentage of all those ministers make from taking bribes.
(b) He gets time to look around for new ministers who are not so dangerous.
(c) He gets losts of gifts from those ministers who become wealthy.
(d) He gets their support without fear of their trying to overthrow him.

5. What is Machiavelli's advice about people who do things that ultimately enrich the princedom?
(a) They should be taxed heavier than others.
(b) Their property should be confiscated.
(c) They should be amply rewarded.
(d) They should be viewed with suspicion.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Ferdinand of Spain became strong by waging war. What did he use to do that and get the people behind him?

3. What is the advantage of being miserly?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Give examples of leaders who recognized the need for their own loyal troops.

4. Describe Machiavelli's position on fortresses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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