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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Clausewitz qualify the task of creating a scientific theory for the conduct of war?
(a) Impossible.
(b) Easy.
(c) Difficult.
(d) Annoying.

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

3. What does Clausewitz say of obstinacy?
(a) It is necessary.
(b) It always brings victory.
(c) It is a fault of character.
(d) It is a sign of genius.

4. What does Clausewitz say about routine?
(a) It does not matter.
(b) It has the same importance for the general down to the enlisted men.
(c) Its importance is increasing.
(d) Its importance is decreasing.

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

6. What does Clausewitz say about friction and strength?
(a) They are unimportant.
(b) They are equally important.
(c) Strength is more important.
(d) Ability to face friction is more important.

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

8. What is necessary to make theoretical sense of actual events according to Clausewitz?
(a) Good academic bases.
(b) Critical analysis.
(c) His books.
(d) A military mind.

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

10. What definition of war does Clausewitz give?
(a) An act of force to compel our enemy to do our will.
(b) A way for nations to settle trivial disputes.
(c) An act of weakness because diplomacy didn't succeed.
(d) A way for the military powerful to grab resources from their neighboring country.

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

12. How does Clausewitz sees the first 6 books he wrote in his notes?
(a) As a rough draft.
(b) As being stolen from another author.
(c) As a formless mass that needs to be reworked.
(d) As a ready to publish version.

13. For Clausewitz, when should defeating the enemy not be the aim of a war?
(a) When the enemy has powerful allies.
(b) When the enemy is an economical power.
(c) When the enemy is a salvage.
(d) When the enemy's army is substantially more powerful.

14. What qualities does Clausewitz describe as imperative for a commander?
(a) Luck and intelligence.
(b) Steadfastness and intelligence.
(c) Aristocracy and good education.
(d) Steadfastness and loyalty.

15. What led to the need for a theory on the "art of war," according to Clausewtiz?
(a) The creation of war colleges.
(b) Reflections on the events of war.
(c) The need to train more efficient Generals.
(d) The need to sell more books.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the kindhearted think, according to Clausewitz?

2. What is the aim of war according to Clausewitz?

3. What are high ranking officers usually not, according to Clausewitz?

4. What does Clausewitz think of wars between civilized nations compared to savages?

5. What does Clausewitz warn the reader not to do in regards to the description of strategic maneuvers?

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