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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What rule did the theorist first declare as the one and only according to Clausewitz?
(a) Numerical superiority.
(b) Superiority of cavalry.
(c) Superiority of infantry.
(d) Superiority of archery.

2. What was formerly a synonym of the "art of war" in Book 2, Chapter 4?
(a) Science of war.
(b) Hard work.
(c) Chance.
(d) Knowledge of war.

3. What controls the strategist according to Clausewitz?
(a) Duty to the troops and to the objectives.
(b) The rules of engagement.
(c) The generals.
(d) The civilian powers.

4. Who does Clausewitz say fares best at war with the consequences of friction?
(a) People who are smart enough to foresee the friction.
(b) People who are not smart enough to realize the problem.
(c) People with an iron will.
(d) People who don't care.

5. What does Clausewitz think of genius and established rules?
(a) Genius expands the rules.
(b) Genius makes the rules.
(c) Genius follows rules to the letter.
(d) Genius can override rules.

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

7. What does Clausewitz says is the minimum objective that a fighting army can choose?
(a) Destroy the enemy's army.
(b) Take the enemy's capital.
(c) Self defense.
(d) Cut the enemy's supply route.

8. What does Clausewitz compare the old "art of war" to to conclude its uselessness?
(a) Sword building and fencing.
(b) Arrow making and archery.
(c) Cow breeding and cultivation.
(d) Cultivation and eating.

9. What portion of the war plans do lower ranking figures usually implement according to Clausewitz?
(a) The small portion.
(b) The tactical portion.
(c) The unimportant portion.
(d) The easy portion.

10. How is Book 7 "On Attack" seen by Clausewitz?
(a) A conclusion.
(b) The counter part of Book 6, "On Defense."
(c) The introduction to Book 8, "War-Plans."
(d) An independent book in the series.

11. What is the third property according to Clausewitz?
(a) Army size.
(b) Moral values.
(c) Courage.
(d) Uncertainty of all information.

12. How many activities does Clausewitz say strategic methods consist of?
(a) 2 activities.
(b) 6 activities.
(c) 3 activities.
(d) 5 activities.

13. Why were the rules created according to Clausewitz?
(a) To provide guidance on how to behave and act.
(b) To prevent the military from taking power.
(c) To prevent civilians from interfering with war plans.
(d) To prevent soldiers from revolting.

14. What does Clausewitz say is the one consideration that can postpone war between two parties that are ready for it?
(a) A desire to wait for a better moment before acting.
(b) Creating their army.
(c) Leaving time for diplomacy.
(d) The weather.

15. How long does Clausewitz say it would take a man to compile a proper survey of history?
(a) 50 years.
(b) 3 years.
(c) A lifetime.
(d) 10 years.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is necessary to make theoretical sense of actual events according to Clausewitz?

2. What does Clausewitz think of the location where the war plans are drawn?

3. What faulty concept did theorists try to condense previous theories in according to Clausewitz?

4. How does Clausewitz qualify the task of creating a scientific theory for the conduct of war?

5. What tenet does Clausewitz admit previous war theorists got right?

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