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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Clausewitz say can alleviate fear in an army and improve performances?
(a) Good self esteem.
(b) Good weapons.
(c) Trust.
(d) Money.

2. According to Clausewitz, why should events be studied one by one and in great detail?
(a) Because it is easier to read.
(b) Because one cannot draw conclusions from an even smaller number of cases.
(c) Because Napoleon's style was unique.
(d) Because there are not a lot of elements to study.

3. What is the aim of war according to Clausewitz?
(a) Destroy the country side of the enemy.
(b) Destroy the capital city of the enemy.
(c) Disarm the enemy.
(d) Get a better army.

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

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

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

7. According to Clausewitz, what general would never have prevailed had he fought like Charles XII?
(a) Louis the XIV.
(b) Napoleon.
(c) Charles XIII.
(d) Frederick the Great.

8. What does Clausewitz says of the people that can deal with friction?
(a) They are very rare.
(b) They will show up when they are needed.
(c) Scholars are usually among them.
(d) Military genius.

9. 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) How much he has been worn down by war.
(d) His country of origin.

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

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

12. What does Clausewitz say clouds the reality of one's position within a situation?
(a) Bad terrain.
(b) The fog of war.
(c) Fear.
(d) Over confidence.

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

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

15. What does Clausewitz say about the time passed to acquire knowledge in Book 2, Chapter 5?
(a) It is too long.
(b) It is not very long.
(c) It is well spent.
(d) It will be missed.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. What adds to the challenges of the execution of a battle plan according to Clausewitz?

5. How is Book 7 "On Attack" seen by Clausewitz?

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