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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, according to Machiavelli, is better than actually having all the good qualities of leadership?
(a) Having the appearance of being religious.
(b) Keeping all promises.
(c) Really understanding the problems of the people.
(d) Never forgetting anything said in the past.

2. What did Heiro of Syracuse do when he realized his mercenary troops were worthless?
(a) He had them cut to pieces.
(b) He put them on the front lines to be killed.
(c) He hired more mercenaries.
(d) He refused to pay them.

3. A prince who has acquired a new dominion added to his own should disarm the conquered people. Why?
(a) He only needs the arms to add to his arsenal.
(b) The new subjects will feel that the miliary will protect them.
(c) The arms should be in the control of his own military.
(d) It shows the new subjects that they are safe.

4. What dichotomy does Machiavelli present regarding goodness and vices in a prince?
(a) People see goodness as weakness and vices as strengths.
(b) Vices can be balanced out by the amount of fear they generate.
(c) His goodness may lead to his downfall whereas his vices may sometimes keep him safe.
(d) Goodness will preserve his princedom while vices will bring his downfall.

5. Who does Machiavelli assign blame to when a prince loses his dominion?
(a) The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
(b) The nobility.
(c) The fickleness of the people.
(d) The prince himself.

Short Answer Questions

1. What in Machiavelli's opinion is the problem with a prince being too liberal with his subjects?

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

3. Who does Machiavelli single out as a prince who was always prepared for war?

4. How will the prince be seen if his ministers are capable and wise even though he is not?

5. What does Machiavelli tell the prince is more important than morality in government?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Discuss Machiavelli's discourse on flattery.

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

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