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

2. 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 has unlimited resources.
(c) A prince who gives away someone else's money.
(d) A prince who only gives when he can expect a generous return.

3. What does Machiavelli see as an insurmountable chasm?
(a) The difference between the very rich and the very poor.
(b) Idealism and Christian philosophy of living.
(c) The reality of the way we live versus the ideas of how we ought to live.
(d) The understanding of the people versus the understanding of the prince.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which prince does Machiavelli say must be generous?

2. What does the prince gain from rewarding his ministers well for jobs well done?

3. What response does a prince receive if he is seen as fickle, effeminate, cowardly, frivolous, or irresolute?

4. How does Machiavelli say that the great military leaders of history were so successful?

5. What can a new prince be assured of?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Machiavelli's position on fortresses.

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