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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Roman Emperor does Machiavelli cite as an example of being both a lion and a fox?

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

3. What dichotomy does Machiavelli present regarding goodness and vices in a prince?

4. What Biblical example does Machiavelli use to show that someone else's arms are useless?

5. What is the advantage of taking sides when both warring factions are weaker than the prince?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe Machiavelli's position on fortresses.

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

7. Describe the two main reasons that a prince may be secure one day and lose his dominion the next.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on why you would or would not have liked living during the Italian Renaissance.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay explaining how Machiavelli's writing might be different if he were writing today.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on your feelings about Machiavelli's trying to get in with the family that overthrew his government and put him out of a job.

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