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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Clausewitz say about people and their methods of drawing conclusions?
(a) Political leaders should not draw conclusions.
(b) They draw conclusions without sufficient information.
(c) Only military generals should draw conclusions on military. matters
(d) They draw good conclusions if they are smart.

3. What is reading supposed to provide the military reader according to Clausewitz?
(a) A blueprint for war.
(b) A good idea of what to expect on the battlefield.
(c) Preparatory guidance.
(d) Time to reflect on their lives.

4. What qualifies military geniuses according to Clausewitz?
(a) They wait for the enemy to make the first move.
(b) They go beyond established rules.
(c) They follow established rules.
(d) They go ahead without planning.

5. What does Clausewitz mean by "Destroying the enemy?"
(a) Physically destroying all of the enemies forces.
(b) Destroying the enemy's reputation.
(c) Capturing the commanding officers of the enemy.
(d) Put the enemy's forces in a condition so they can no longer fight.

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

7. What do allies do concerning weaknesses according to Clausewitz?
(a) They work to cover each other weaknesses.
(b) They try to ignore them.
(c) They try to match them.
(d) They exploit them.

8. What does Clausewitz say determines the military objectives and the amount of force assigned to a war?
(a) The size of the army.
(b) The will of the generals in charge.
(c) The political object.
(d) The social object.

9. What does Clausewitz say is more difficult to do during a war?
(a) See the consequences of an action.
(b) Make a good decision.
(c) Trace effects back to its causes.
(d) Send units on suicide missions.

10. What does Clausewitz say armies were like after the advent of tactics?
(a) Barely effective.
(b) Sending one wave after the other.
(c) Effective fighting forces.
(d) Automata.

11. What definition does Clausewitz give of wearing down the enemy?
(a) Gradual exhaustion of physical and moral resistance.
(b) Gradual exhaustion of ammunition.
(c) Gradual exhaustion of horses.
(d) Gradual exhaustion of commanding officers.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Clausewitz say dictates how much control an official must maintain over others?

3. According to Clausewitz, what general would never have prevailed had he fought like Charles XII?

4. What was formerly a synonym of the "art of war" in Book 2, Chapter 4?

5. What was not considered a suitable subject for theory in the former "art of war" according to Clausewitz?

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