Friday, December 10, 2010

The Mach IV Test.

The Mach IV Test - My answers:

1=strongly disagree; 2=disagree; 3=neutral; 4=agree; 5=strongly agree.


1) Never tell anyone the real reason you did something unless it is useful to do so.

5


2) The best way to handle people is to tell them what they want to hear.

5


3) One should take action only when sure it is morally right.

1


4) Most people are basically good and kind.

1


5) It is safest to assume that all people have a vicious streak and it will come out when they are given a chance.

5


6) Honesty is the best policy in all cases.

1


7) There is no excuse for lying to someone else.

1


8) Generally speaking, people won't work hard unless they're forced to do so.

5  (the keywords here are 'generally speaking' and 'work'. If you love what you do, you're not likely to consider it work.


9) All in all, it is better to be humble and honest than to be important and dishonest.

1


10) When you ask someone to do something for you, it is best to give the real reasons for wanting it rather than giving reasons which carry more weight.

1


11) Most people who get ahead in the world lead clean, moral lives.

1


12) Anyone who completely trusts anyone else is asking for trouble.

5


13) The biggest difference between most criminals and other people is that the criminals are stupid enough to get caught.

5  (keyword here is 'most' criminals).


14) Most people are brave.

1


15) It is wise to flatter important people.

4  (I choose 4 because it is mostly wise, but not always).


16) It is possible to be good in all respects.

1


17) P.T. Barnum was wrong when he said that there's a sucker born every minute.

1 (he was clearly right).


18) It is hard to get ahead without cutting corners here and there.

5


19) People suffering from incurable diseases should have the choice of being put painlessly to death.

5  (how does this relate to Machiavellianism? Well, I guess I'm anti-macchiavellian then)


20) Most people forget more easily the death of their parents than the loss of their property.

3  (I have no idea what others forget easier. It's most likely 50/50. What do I know. Personally I don't forget either, I have good memory. Also, what kind of property are we talking about? Parents only come in one variety, and they differ from everything else you'll ever own. Well, as I said, I don't know, so it's a 3)


I couldn't get it to process the answers (even after logging in), so I don't know my score. Maybe somebody else can tell me if I'm Machiavellian or not?

7 comments:

TheNotablePath said...

I took such a test, and scored the max of the MACH IV.

The interesting thing is the humor in it. The entire basis off the concept was off a work of parody of said Italian, which directly contradicted all of his other works.

Mach is simply pragmatic Opportunist without a conscience. If that's who you are, that's who you are.

Zhawq said...

Yes, that's how I see him too. A pragmatic person who simply offered his advice since he was able to give it.

His works doesn't discuss aspects of empathy, so whether or not he was capable of empathy is not easy to determine.

Wormwood said...

An often unheard Machiavelli quote states that "Politics have no relation to morals". And the book "The Prince" was largely based off of the actions and thoughts of Cesare Borgia, a Vatican statesman and military leader, and written as a gift to (Surprise!)a politician named Lorenzo de Medici.

Bella said...

I score like you, Zhawq. We don't live in the precious 1950s anymore and we see more and more corruption everywhere. Our society is more jaded and I've cultivated these tendencies. I also live in a big city where I trust few people. I'm usually pleasantly surprised by true goodness/innocence in people, but I'd like them to trust me whether or not I can and will follow through with good INTENTIONS. I'm not sure if I tell myself I had good intentions and it's a convenient way to rationalize stuff or what. I know I get away with some of my risk-taking this way. There's a lot of impromptu flip flopping because we don't live in a static existence. To assume so is foolish. Is this war-like and Machiavellian or simply wise?

Janie said...

This are my answers,but I don't know my score. so.. can anyone help me? :)

1) Never tell anyone the real reason you did something unless it is useful to do so. -5
2) The best way to handle people is to tell them what they want to hear. -5
3) One should take action only when sure it is morally right. -4
4) Most people are basically good and kind. -2
5) It is safest to assume that all people have a vicious streak and it will come out when they are given a chance. -4
6) Honesty is the best policy in all cases. -3
7) There is no excuse for lying to someone else. -2
8) Generally speaking, people won't work hard unless they're forced to do so. -4
9) All in all, it is better to be humble and honest than to be important and dishonest. -2
10) When you ask someone to do something for you, it is best to give the real reasons for wanting it rather than giving reasons which carry more weight. -5
11) Most people who get ahead in the world lead clean, moral lives. -3
12) Anyone who completely trusts anyone else is asking for trouble. -4
13) The biggest difference between most criminals and other people is that the criminals are stupid enough to get caught. -4
14) Most people are brave. -2
15) It is wise to flatter important people. -3
16) It is possible to be good in all respects. -4
17) P.T. Barnum was wrong when he said that there's a sucker born every minute. -1
18) It is hard to get ahead without cutting corners here and there. -4
19) People suffering from incurable diseases should have the choice of being put painlessly to death. -3
20) Most people forget more easily the death of their parents than the loss of their property. -5

Ettina said...

OK, I found a guide to scoring the Mach IV, but they scored it on a 6 point (0-5) scale instead of a 5 point one, so I'll convert the scores like this:

1=0
2=1
3=2.5
4=4
5=5

Then, since some questions are negatively scored, those ones I converted 5=0, 4=1, 1=4 and 0=5.

And now, the scores(range 0-100):

Zhawq - 96.5
Janie - 71
Myself - 36

And in case anyone's curious, here are my actual answers to the questions:
1) Never tell anyone the real reason you did something unless it is useful to do so. 0
2) The best way to handle people is to tell them what they want to hear. 0
3) One should take action only when sure it is morally right. 5
4) Most people are basically good and kind. 4
5) It is safest to assume that all people have a vicious streak and it will come out when they are given a chance. 1
6) Honesty is the best policy in all cases. 3
7) There is no excuse for lying to someone else. 0
8) Generally speaking, people won't work hard unless they're forced to do so. 2
9) All in all, it is better to be humble and honest than to be important and dishonest. 4
10) When you ask someone to do something for you, it is best to give the real reasons for wanting it rather than giving reasons which carry more weight. 5 (You can't always judge this accurately - my younger brother often gives fake reasons because he thinks we'll like them more, only to discover that the fake reasons get us mad and we'd be OK with the real ones. Besides, who knows what might come up in the future - if you're honest about yourself, others can better predict what you'll need.)
11) Most people who get ahead in the world lead clean, moral lives. 3
12) Anyone who completely trusts anyone else is asking for trouble. 1
13) The biggest difference between most criminals and other people is that the criminals are stupid enough to get caught. 2 (It depends on a lot more than intelligence. I'm smart, but I'd suck at getting away with things because I blurt stuff out. However, I seldom commit crimes due to a mix of lack of desire and lack of opportunity.)
14) Most people are brave. 2 (Some people are, most aren't.)
15) It is wise to flatter important people. 1 (If they're to do their job properly, they need honest underlings.)
16) It is possible to be good in all respects. 0 (No one is perfect.)
17) P.T. Barnum was wrong when he said that there's a sucker born every minute. 0 (Sadly.)
18) It is hard to get ahead without cutting corners here and there. 5 (Again, sadly.)
19) People suffering from incurable diseases should have the choice of being put painlessly to death. 0 (I'm also unsure what this has to do with Machiavellianism.)
20) Most people forget more easily the death of their parents than the loss of their property. 0

Generic Name Here said...

I got a 96 =(. I still doubt the validity of such tests, especially online ones. This one was fun though, I guess.