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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Clausewitz think great leaders were always right?
(a) Because of their academic training.
(b) Because they read a draft of the book.
(c) Because of their faith.
(d) Because of their innate greatness and genius.

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

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

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

5. What brings value to a strategy according to Clausewitz?
(a) How well the war divert people from actual problems.
(b) The political gain of the emperor.
(c) The generals implementing it.
(d) The results.

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

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

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

9. What types of soldiers does Clausewitz say tend to lose heart when they encounter combat?
(a) The inexperienced and followers.
(b) Poorly trained soldiers.
(c) Married soldiers and the sick.
(d) Young officers.

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

11. What does Clausewitz think of wars between civilized nations compared to savages?
(a) They are more cruel and destructive.
(b) They are more pretty because of the uniforms.
(c) They are less cruel and destructive.
(d) They are the same.

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 is war NOT, according to Clausewitz?
(a) A succession of single blows with short periods of peace times.
(b) A long succession of battles.
(c) A short single blow.
(d) A single long battle.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Clausewitz say determines the military objectives and the amount of force assigned to a war?

2. What theory does Clausewitz think many people have difficulty with?

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

4. What does Clausewitz say about routine?

5. What clouds a soldier's objectivity concerning war according to Clausewitz?

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