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

2. What does Machiavelli say is the only art expected of a prince?
(a) The art of fine living.
(b) The art of collecting.
(c) The art of war.
(d) The art of diplomacy.

3. Who can successfully gain the reputation for generosity but not ruin himself in the process?
(a) A prince who goes to war to create jobs for his subjects.
(b) A prince who only gives when he can expect a generous return.
(c) A prince who has unlimited resources.
(d) A prince who gives away someone else's money.

4. What must a prince always do concerning advice?
(a) He must discourage advice that he has not asked for.
(b) He must never accept anyone's advice except his own.
(c) He must wait for his ministers to offer their advice.
(d) He must listen to everyone all the time.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Machiavelli say a private citizen might make himself a prince?

2. How does Machiavelli classify auxiliary troops?

3. Why should a new prince not disarm his people?

4. What metaphor does Machiavelli use to explain his ideas about Fortune?

5. How much of man's fate does Machiavelli ascribe to God and Fortune?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Machiavelli say that war is the only art expected of a prince?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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