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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Clausewitz call the moment of a battle where there is opportunity for a decisive victory?
(a) Culmination of the attack.
(b) Height of the engagement.
(c) The end of the struggle.
(d) The turning point.

2. What is military life about according to Clausewitz?
(a) Killing the enemy and coming back alive.
(b) Fighting injustice.
(c) Order and agression.
(d) Restraint and discipline.

3. What does Clausewitz say would be the message sent by an army taking a castle, burning the fields, dispersing the livestock and then retreating?
(a) One army does not have a good military plans.
(b) The cattle was host to disease.
(c) One army is punishing the other.
(d) The people around the castle were too weak.

4. Why does Clausewitz says the attacking force loses strength as it goes deeper into enemy territory?
(a) Loss of morale.
(b) Separation in resources and delays in getting reinforcements.
(c) Hatred from the enemy's population
(d) Loss of soldiers.

5. How does Clausewitz call the advantage a defense army has over an offensive army?
(a) Insignificant.
(b) Too great to overcome.
(c) The defense has no advantage.
(d) Home court.

6. Who is Clausewitz' favorite enemy General?
(a) Frederick the Great.
(b) Caesar.
(c) Napoleon.
(d) Leopold.

7. What are the defensive lines of thinking concerned about according to Clausewitz?
(a) Troop placement.
(b) Attack.
(c) Fortification.
(d) Attack and counter attack.

8. What is the top priority of each side during a battle according to Clausewitz?
(a) To preserve own's fighting force.
(b) To destroy the enemy.
(c) To hold the line whatever happens.
(d) To break the enemy's morale.

9. What does Clausewitz say about holding new territories?
(a) The country needs to appoint a governor as quickly as possible.
(b) They need to be adjacent to an attacker's normal theatre of operation.
(c) Martial law is a necessity.
(d) It is easy to do for a large army.

10. What is pivotal to successful offensive aims according to Clausewitz?
(a) Physical and moral superiority.
(b) Good communication.
(c) Large number of firearms.
(d) Speed.

11. What does Clausewitz think of the way wars are usually fought?
(a) They are waged half-heartedly.
(b) They are waged by military geniuses.
(c) They are fought to the last man.
(d) They are waged efficiently.

12. What general feeling should a good general give according to Clausewitz?
(a) Fear.
(b) Respect.
(c) Self confidence.
(d) Danger.

13. What does Clausewitz say is happening to Imperial expansion?
(a) It is becoming too expensive.
(b) It is doubling in intensity.
(c) It is losing favor.
(d) Russia is entering the race for colonies.

14. What topic appears in the last few chapters of On War?
(a) Information gathering.
(b) The use of large cavalry groups.
(c) The use of artillery techniques.
(d) The use of limited aims in war.

15. What is better than wasting or leaving forces idle according to Clausewitz?
(a) Sending them home.
(b) Using them in a flank attack.
(c) Using them properly.
(d) Misusing them.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Clausewitz characterize harboring reserve troops when they should be used to their fullest?

2. According to Clausewitz, what support is less important than government and soldier support during actual military operations?

3. When is initiative more helpful according to Clausewitz?

4. What does Clausewitz say the best soldiers, national leaders and generals have in common?

5. What situation does Clausewitz envision being the only one where one can completely destroy the army of the enemy?

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