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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what cases does Machiavelli endorse acting foolishly?
(a) To Amuse the Nobles.
(b) To please a powerful Prince.
(c) To confuse enemies at war.
(d) To confuse political enemies.

2. What does Machiavelli claim comes to those Republics that are changed through the general public?
(a) New elections will be controlled by the general public.
(b) Only the head of the Republic will be harmed.
(c) The public will appoint inept leaders and it will fall.
(d) The Republic will break apart and be at war with its separate pieces.

3. What was the difference between the tactics of the two Roman Consuls Machiavelli used as an example?
(a) Claudius used deception and Brutus used conspiracy.
(b) Decius used surprise and Octavius used infantry.
(c) Decius attacked with all his strength, Fabius used slow assault.
(d) Fabius used artillery and Junius used cavlary.

4. What type of person does Machiavelli advise against promoting to important positions in a Republic?
(a) Anyone who has been done a notable injury by someone.
(b) Anyone who has killed a rival.
(c) Anyone who is ambitious.
(d) Anyone who has avoided war.

5. What, according to Machiavelli, did Epaminondas the Theban claim was most necessary and useful for a Captain?
(a) To have new weapons.
(b) To know the decisions and proceedings of the enemy.
(c) To use new tactics.
(d) To fight in the open.

6. What institution does Machiavelli cite in Chapter 46 as being responsible for producing men that are either "harsh or effeminate."
(a) The Plebs.
(b) The Senate.
(c) The family.
(d) The Magistrates.

7. What does Machiavelli consider necessary to take control over a Republic to install a bad form of government over it?
(a) Bad Captains.
(b) Bad administrators.
(c) Leaders who are irresolute in their decisions.
(d) People corrupted by the times.

8. Of what is Machiavelli referring when he addresses the use of deceit in managing wars?
(a) Using tactics that mislead the enemy in battle.
(b) Fooling the Senate to put him where he can win.
(c) Fooling the city he attacks to hide in a fort.
(d) Fooling his soldiers to do things he needs.

9. What does Machiavelli believe to be important to extending the life of what he calls "mixed bodies" (Republics and Sects)?
(a) Providing the means from the state to keep them secure.
(b) Staying in a continual state of war.
(c) Keeping turmoil alive between common masses.
(d) Returning to their original principles.

10. What does Machiavelli claim to be the conduct of excellent and courageous men whether they experience good fortune or bad?
(a) They keep their courage in any fortune.
(b) They adjust to the times.
(c) They find enemies and defeat them.
(d) They never refuse any type of challenge.

11. What does Machiavelli claim to be the cause of Princes losing inherited power?
(a) Arrogance.
(b) Indifference to their Principality.
(c) Their rejection of laws and ancient institutions.
(d) Incompetence.

12. In Book 3, Section 25, what does Machiavelli repeat to be the most useful thing to establish in a Republic?
(a) Public mechanisms for delivering benefits.
(b) Women's rights.
(c) That its Citizens are to be kept poor.
(d) Universal suffrage.

13. What does Machiavelli recommend as the three ways to restore a divided city?
(a) Dividing the city's wealth among the factions, sending them to colonies, conscripting them to the military.
(b) Build a wall between the combatants, place soldiers between their neighborhoods, and prevent them from passing among each other.
(c) Kill the leaders, conscript the men to the military, take the women into slavery.
(d) Kill the leaders of tumults, remove them from the city, or have them make peace.

14. What does Machiavelli claim causes men to conspire against their target?
(a) The desire to liberate a country occupied by the Prince.
(b) The desire to take control of the Senate
(c) The desire to take power over the military.
(d) The desire to manipulate the general masses.

15. What were placed to the right and the left of every battle line of the Roman army?
(a) The cavalry.
(b) Captains.
(c) Tribunes.
(d) Plebs.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Machiavelli identify as the three divisions of armies of his day?

2. Why would corrupt Republics accept common deceptions?

3. How does Machiavelli advise a Captain to consider a tactical error by an enemy?

4. According to Machiavelli, if men have prospered greatly by one procedure, what is not possible?

5. Why does Machiavelli believe that leaders of his time refuse to follow the examples of dealing with tumults set by leaders of ancient times.

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