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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why do men fight each other according to Clausewitz?
(a) Hostile feelings and need to play.
(b) Hostile feelings alone.
(c) Hostile feelings and hostile intentions.
(d) Hostile intentions alone.

4. What tenet does Clausewitz admit previous war theorists got right?
(a) Engagement is a sign of a weak commander.
(b) Commanding officers are paramount to any army.
(c) Cavalry cannot be defeated.
(d) Engagement is the only effective means of war.

5. What is strategy according to Clausewitz in Book 3, Chapter 1?
(a) The thinking prior to battle.
(b) The supply line safety.
(c) The use of engagements.
(d) The setting up of the army.

6. What clouds a soldier's objectivity concerning war according to Clausewitz?
(a) If he his still active.
(b) How much he has been worn down by war.
(c) How much money he made during the war.
(d) His country of origin.

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

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

9. According to Clausewitz, why should events be studied one by one and in great detail?
(a) Because it is easier to read.
(b) Because one cannot draw conclusions from an even smaller number of cases.
(c) Because Napoleon's style was unique.
(d) Because there are not a lot of elements to study.

10. What do the kindhearted think, according to Clausewitz?
(a) The true goal of war is acquiring farmland.
(b) War is not a necessity for nations to prosper.
(c) War is done by gentlemen for gentlemen.
(d) There is a way to disarm the enemy without too much bloodshed.

11. What are high ranking officers usually not, according to Clausewitz?
(a) Good learners.
(b) Geniuses.
(c) Smart people.
(d) Scholarly personnel.

12. According to Clausewitz, what matters when a general makes adjustments to the war plan?
(a) Their personal interest.
(b) Their location.
(c) Their experience.
(d) Their state of mind.

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

14. Where should strategic plans be made according to Clausewitz?
(a) On the spot.
(b) At mid level.
(c) At low level.
(d) At the highest level.

15. What definition does Clausewitz give for "friction"?
(a) Foreigners among the ranks.
(b) Anything bizarre making things difficult.
(c) Soldier mental breakdown.
(d) Small battles.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the aim of disarming the enemy according to Clausewitz?

2. What brings value to a strategy according to Clausewitz?

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

4. What definition does Clausewitz give of wearing down the enemy?

5. What is never final in war according to Clausewitz?

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