On War Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 1, On The Nature of War : Chapter 2, Purpose & Means, On Military Genius & Danger in War.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Clausewitz, what general would never have prevailed had he fought like Charles XII?
(a) Charles XIII.
(b) Napoleon.
(c) Louis the XIV.
(d) Frederick the Great.

2. What is the aim of disarming the enemy according to Clausewitz?
(a) To force the enemy to rebuild his forces.
(b) To win the battle.
(c) To clear the way for an invasion.
(d) To eliminate the threat of the enemy.

3. What event does Clausewitz fear would make his book liable to endless misinterpretation?
(a) His early death.
(b) The invention of the Gatling gun.
(c) Releasing the book within his lifetime.
(d) The introduction of women in the armed forces.

4. Who said that the commander in chief of an army must resolve problems like great mathematicians, such as Newton and Euler?
(a) Napoleon.
(b) Frederick the Great.
(c) Charles XII.
(d) Clausewitz.

5. What emotion does Clausewitz say should be used to make the enemy doubt the outcome of a war?
(a) Overconfidence.
(b) Greed.
(c) Cowardliness.
(d) Fear.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the two types of courage mentioned by Clausewitz?

2. Why does Clausewitz think great leaders were always right?

3. What is war NOT, according to Clausewitz?

4. What does Clausewitz say must determine the amount of efforts and resources put in a war?

5. What does Clausewitz says is the minimum objective that a fighting army can choose?

(see the answer key)

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