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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 historical example does Machiavelli give to show how a military should be organized?

2. Who does Machiavelli assign blame to when a prince loses his dominion?

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

4. What does Machiavelli say are the two main reasons for a prince to lose his dominion?

5. Who does Machiavelli single out as a prince who was always prepared for war?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Machiavelli evaluate the three types of mind he says princes may have?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Discuss Machiavelli's discourse on flattery.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a short story about an imaginary meeting between Machiavelli and the Godfather.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the Medici family returning to power and what it meant to Machiavelli.

Essay Topic 3

Write a blog entry dealing with the question, Does the end justify the means?

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