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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. Who does Machiavelli cite as an example of generosity that ended badly?
(a) Marc Anthony.
(b) Moses.
(c) Julius Caesar.
(d) Alexander the Great.

2. Why should a prince declare himself as for or against two warring factions?
(a) He will always know which side will win.
(b) He should not be seen as waivering.
(c) He should look like he is wiser than other princes.
(d) He will be able to deal with the loser.

3. What Roman Emperor does Machiavelli cite as an example of being both a lion and a fox?
(a) Marc Anthony.
(b) Septimius Severus.
(c) Julius Caesar.
(d) Antonius Severus.

4. How does Machiavelli say that the great military leaders of history were so successful?
(a) By relying on hired soldiers from other countries.
(b) By finding new ways to avoid war.
(c) By imitating the great men before them.
(d) By studying the arts.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How is a prince ultimately judged?

2. What does Machiavelli suggest is the best fortress for a prince?

3. Machiavelli's political thought is influenced greatly by the ideas of what?

4. Why is a reputation for cruelty necessary for a prince?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Outline Machiavelli's position of honesty in a prince.

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

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

6. Explain how Machiavelli sees the weakness of using auxiliary forces as a military for a princedom.

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

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

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

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

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