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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What must the strategist do during war according to Clausewitz?
(a) Use past strategies.
(b) Change strategies every few days.
(c) Maintain control.
(d) Always use the same strategy.

2. What is precious to an army according to Clausewitz in Book 2, Chapter 3?
(a) Good physical health.
(b) Experienced soldiers.
(c) Young, fit officers.
(d) Good education.

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

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

5. What are the two types of courage mentioned by Clausewitz?
(a) Courage to retreat and courage to sacrifice more than necessary
(b) Courage to put one self before anyone else and courage to hold on to ones position when incompetent.
(c) Courage of taking responsibility and courage to send underlings to battle
(d) Courage of taking responsibility and personal courage.

6. 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.

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

8. According to Clausewitz, what cannot be ignored in war?
(a) The walking speed of the army.
(b) The breed of the horses.
(c) The canon's maker.
(d) Moral values.

9. What adds to the challenges of the execution of a battle plan according to Clausewitz?
(a) Bad commanders.
(b) Bad terrain.
(c) The situation not appearing as it is.
(d) Inexperienced soldiers.

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

11. What does Clausewitz say about the teaching of war strategy?
(a) It cannot be taught using old examples.
(b) Books by generals are best to teach it.
(c) Only he can teach it.
(d) A good war college is essential.

12. What do the enemy's expenditures consist of according to Clausewitz?
(a) Wastage of his forces and loss of territory.
(b) Paying his soldiers and feeding his horses.
(c) Bribes of his allies.
(d) Food and camp expenses.

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

14. What does Clausewitz suggest about the quality of the readings made by most people concerning military matters?
(a) it is pro French.
(b) It is poor.
(c) It is pro Prussian.
(d) It is good.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Clausewitz define the nature of war at the beginning of Book 1, Chapter 2?

2. What does Clausewitz claim as a vital component of critical analysis?

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

4. Why don't civilized nations execute their prisoners according to Clausewitz?

5. What tends to exacerbate falsehood according to Clausewitz?

(see the answer keys)

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