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

2. What are the two ways that Republics are altered that Machiavelli examines?
(a) With war and money.
(b) With natural disaster and new religions.
(c) With free press and elections.
(d) With bloodshed and without bloodshed.

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

4. Against whom are conspiracies made?
(a) Princes and countries.
(b) Republics and Senates.
(c) Captains and Kings.
(d) Citizens and Plebs.

5. What finally forced Phillip into battle with Fabius, according to Machiavelli?
(a) The prolonged war worsened his condition and that of his subjects.
(b) The Samnites fell victim to the Trojans.
(c) He was laid siege in his fort.
(d) He was chased to his home and had to put a call out to his soldiers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What has Machiavelli considered many times to be the causes of good and bad fortunes to men?

2. What does Machiavelli consider to be necessary when restoring a Republic from a Tyranny?

3. What knowledge is necessary for a Captain to be successful?

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

5. What were placed to the right and the left of every battle line of the Roman army?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Machiavelli recommend to Captains as an element of strategy to assure success in capturing a town?

2. What is the advice that Machiavelli gives to Princes who take possessions from another Prince?

3. Why does Machiavelli warn Princes from using auxiliary soldiers from another Prince?

4. What are two reasons that Machiavelli claims men have a hard time changing with the times?

5. Why doesn't Machiavelli expect promises made under force to be kept?

6. What does Machiavelli mean when he discusses using "...deceit in the managing of a war..." and why does he consider it a glorious thing?

7. Why does Machiavelli recommend that any organization maintain itself by frequently renewing its founding principals?

8. What does Machiavelli recommend as the three methods of reuniting a City that has been divided?

9. Why does Machiavelli in Section 28 recommend that Citizens be allowed to obtain honors through public means, but prevented from seeking honors through private means?

10. What does Machiavelli believe is the consequence of insulting anyone with words?

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