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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What theory does Clausewitz think many people have difficulty with?
(a) Tactics.
(b) Major Operations.
(c) Counter insurgency.
(d) Intelligence.

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

3. Why don't civilized nations execute their prisoners according to Clausewitz?
(a) Intelligence plays a higher part in warfare.
(b) They do not have time to take prisoners.
(c) It is against the Geneva Convention.
(d) They do not want to waste bullets.

4. What factor does Clausewitz say was considered the only one that could be calculated according to the first author trying to theorize war?
(a) Assault on fortified positions.
(b) The preparation of war.
(c) Training of generals.
(d) The execution of war.

5. 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 provide guidance on how to behave and act.
(d) To prevent soldiers from revolting.

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

7. 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 necessity for the economy.
(d) As a continuation of policy by other means.

8. What event does Clausewitz fear would make his book liable to endless misinterpretation?
(a) The invention of the Gatling gun.
(b) Releasing the book within his lifetime.
(c) The introduction of women in the armed forces.
(d) His early death.

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

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

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

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

13. Who does Clausewitz say fares best at war with the consequences of friction?
(a) People who are smart enough to foresee the friction.
(b) People with an iron will.
(c) People who don't care.
(d) People who are not smart enough to realize the problem.

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

15. What are the two sure ways to defeat an enemy according to Clausewitz?
(a) To destroy his armies and blockade his country.
(b) To blockade his ports and wait for his surrender.
(c) To destroy his armies and invade his country.
(d) To defeat his allies and take his women.

Short Answer Questions

1. What led to the need for a theory on the "art of war," according to Clausewtiz?

2. According to Clausewitz, what can you expect if you demand a small penalty from your opponent?

3. What does Clausewitz think of genius and established rules?

4. What is necessary to make theoretical sense of actual events according to Clausewitz?

5. What does Clausewitz say clouds the reality of one's position within a situation?

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