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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Clausewitz tell the reader is better than reading and learning about war strategy from books?
(a) Learning abroad.
(b) Learning under a good commander.
(c) Experience.
(d) Luck.

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

5. What does discernment help superior officers do with the information gathered according to Clausewitz?
(a) Pick good intelligence officers.
(b) Choose how to bribe enemy soldiers.
(c) Learn from the enemy's mistakes regarding how to prevent information leaks.
(d) Eliminate error.

6. How does Clausewitz sees war in Book 1, Chapter 1?
(a) As a one time event that politicians cannot control.
(b) As a continuation of policy by other means.
(c) As a way for generals to fight boredom.
(d) As a necessity for the economy.

7. What is the foremost prominent factor in war according to Clausewitz?
(a) The training of the soldiers.
(b) The size of the army.
(c) The skills of the commander.
(d) The war plan used.

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

9. How does Clausewitz describe the inexperienced soldier's first encounter with war?
(a) As the first step toward real manhood.
(b) As a good life lesson.
(c) As being plunged in darkness.
(d) As an eye opening experience.

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

11. What type of operations does Clausewitz say can help in the outcome of war?
(a) Operations to try to occupy more land.
(b) Operations of political significance.
(c) Operations to try to destroy the enemy's army.
(d) Operations to try to capture the capital city of the enemy.

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

13. What are Clausewitz views on fear in Book 2, Chapter 3?
(a) It should be mastered by soldiers.
(b) It should be ignored are irrelevant.
(c) A large army is less prone to it.
(d) It is a good condition to put the enemy in.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where should strategic plans be made according to Clausewitz?

2. What types of soldiers does Clausewitz say tend to lose heart when they encounter combat?

3. What rule did the theorist first declare as the one and only according to Clausewitz?

4. Why should someone study memoirs of past commanders according to Clausewitz?

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

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