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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 is Machiavelli's ultimate example of the correct use of cruelty?
(a) Hannibal.
(b) Alexander the Great.
(c) Moses.
(d) King Louis.

2. How will the prince be seen if his ministers are capable and wise even though he is not?
(a) He will be seen as having a great deal of luck.
(b) He will be seen as a puppet to his ministers.
(c) He will be seen as capable and wise.
(d) He will be seen as inferior.

3. How does Machiavelli define avarice?
(a) Being so generous that he has nothing left.
(b) Being nothing but a warrior.
(c) Being of the disposition to take what is not one's own.
(d) Being miserly and not generous enough.

4. 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) Everyone will always fear him because he might take away his liberality.
(d) Eventually his liberality will lead to burdensome taxation.

5. In terms of receiving advice, what is the main thing a prince must remember and do to preserve power.
(a) Be ready to execute those who offer bad advice.
(b) Only pretend to listen to advice.
(c) Listen to the right people but make up his own mind.
(d) Listen to everyone because someone will have the best idea.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Machiavelli say is the problem with remaining neutral between two warring sides?

4. How is a prince ultimately judged?

5. What, according to Machiavelli, is better than actually having all the good qualities of leadership?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Discuss Machiavelli's discourse on flattery.

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

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

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