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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 in Machiavelli's opinion is the problem with a prince being too liberal with his subjects?
(a) People will not take him seriously when he has a problem.
(b) He will not have time to enjoy his own life.
(c) Eventually his liberality will lead to burdensome taxation.
(d) Everyone will always fear him because he might take away his liberality.

2. What response does a prince receive if he is seen as fickle, effeminate, cowardly, frivolous, or irresolute?
(a) Contempt.
(b) Admiration.
(c) None.
(d) Strong support.

3. Why does Machiavelli say that the sultans of Turkey and Egypt had to listen more to the military than to the people?
(a) Their countries were controlled by the military.
(b) The people did not understand the threats of invasion.
(c) The best people were in their militaries.
(d) All the men were drafted into the military.

4. When does Machiavelli say a prince should be thinking most about military strategy?
(a) On hunting expeditions.
(b) During times of peace.
(c) When he visits another prince.
(d) When he is being invaded.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In his discussion of the qualities of a good leader, how does Machiavelli depart from the accepted rules?

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

4. What historical example does Machiavelli give to show how a military should be organized?

5. Those who were viewed with suspicion at the beginning of a princedom usually become the most loyal subjects. Why?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Machiavelli's position on fortresses.

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

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