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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. Although Machiavelli says that Pope Julius II was impetuous in all he did, still he succeeded. Why?
(a) Because of his successes, he always looked for new ways of doing things.
(b) He relied on God to keep him safe.
(c) His actions fit the times.
(d) Fate caused many changes during his time.

2. How does Machiavelli justify his position that a prince is not duty bound to keep his word?
(a) He says men are basically self-centered and will not keep their word, so the prince is not obligated to do so.
(b) He says that people always believe everything a prince says, so he can say what he pleases.
(c) He says that a prince should always change his mind about everything until he gets all the facts.
(d) He says it is the only way to keep the people satisfied that he knows what he is doing.

3. What does Machiavelli tell the prince is more important than morality in government?
(a) Expediency.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Religion.
(d) Generosity.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Machiavelli say is the first requirement of a commander?

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

4. What is it that a prince cannot control among his subjects?

5. What is the best type of mind Machiavelli says is needed for a strong prince?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Discuss Machiavelli's discourse on flattery.

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

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

7. Explain Machiavelli's famous statement that is is better to be feared than loved.

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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