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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 is the advantage of taking sides when both warring factions are weaker than the prince?
(a) He can take over both principalities after the war is over.
(b) He eliminates one and gains the obligation of the other.
(c) He could become a prisoner if he does not.
(d) He will get money from the side he chooses.

2. What in Machiavelli's opinion is the problem with a prince being too liberal with his subjects?
(a) Everyone will always fear him because he might take away his liberality.
(b) People will not take him seriously when he has a problem.
(c) Eventually his liberality will lead to burdensome taxation.
(d) He will not have time to enjoy his own life.

3. What historical example does Machiavelli give to show how a military should be organized?
(a) Darius, King of Persia.
(b) Phillip, father of Alexander the Great.
(c) The last days of the Roman Empire.
(d) Sparticus and the Roman slaves.

4. What response does a prince receive if he is seen as fickle, effeminate, cowardly, frivolous, or irresolute?
(a) None.
(b) Admiration.
(c) Contempt.
(d) Strong support.

5. What is it that a prince cannot control among his subjects?
(a) Their fear.
(b) Their love.
(c) Their cooperation.
(d) Their taxation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which examples does Machiavelli use to support the idea of not being overly generous?

2. What does Machiavelli see as an insurmountable chasm?

3. What does the wise prince do to maintain the loyalty of the people?

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

5. Why does Machiavelli insist that a prince need not always be honest?

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

4. Describe Machiavelli's position on fortresses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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