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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What complements each method of defense according to Clausewitz in Book 5, Chapter 1?
(a) A perfect method of attack.
(b) A perfect troop placement.
(c) A perfect general.
(d) A perfect defensive weapon.

3. Why would an ally stop its help according to Clausewitz?
(a) If the enemy invades.
(b) If the needs of the ally country is too great for them to fulfill.
(c) If other allies need their help.
(d) If the enemy bribes them.

4. What situation does Clausewitz envision being the only one where one can completely destroy the army of the enemy?
(a) When the enemy's general is incompetent.
(b) When the enemy goals are high enough to allow it.
(c) When the enemy has a small army.
(d) When the enemy is too slow to retreat.

5. What does Clausewitz say he is trying to do in Book 3, Chapter 2?
(a) To stop writing and start teaching.
(b) To critique concepts by other authors.
(c) To create a new concept from previously described basics.
(d) To demand a promotion for his work.

6. What can attack and defense be transformed into according to Clausewitz?
(a) Into pure attack.
(b) Into an all in situation.
(c) Into chaos.
(d) Their opposites.

7. What reason does Clausewitz give for the way the majority of the time in war is spent?
(a) To set up defenses.
(b) To rest the troops.
(c) To move the troops from one battlefield to the other.
(d) The strategy demands it.

8. According to Clausewitz, what support is less important than government and soldier support during actual military operations?
(a) Media support.
(b) Public support.
(c) Financial support.
(d) Spousal support.

9. According to Clausewitz, what is decision outside the realm of strategy?
(a) Diplomacy.
(b) Luck.
(c) Casual force.
(d) Tactical mastery.

10. What terrain does Clausewitz say might allow for a different type of use than the one he advocates?
(a) River bound.
(b) Flat.
(c) Mountain.
(d) Swamp.

11. What does Clausewitz say about the use of the forces available in Book 3, Chapter 2?
(a) It must be concentrated.
(b) It must be used in small group.
(c) It must be mobile.
(d) It must be used on a wide front.

12. What general rule does Clausewitz give concerning defense and attack?
(a) Attack is superior.
(b) A particular general will be good at one or the other.
(c) Generals ususally prefer attacks.
(d) General should adapt to the situation.

13. What does Clausewitz call the "Spirit"?
(a) The aura of the commanding officer.
(b) The energy of the soldiers en masse.
(c) The perspective of victory.
(d) The courage of the foot soldiers only.

14. What is Clausewitz disappointed about concerning imperial expansion?
(a) That defense is too weak in the colonies.
(b) That travel does not go fast enough.
(c) That great generals cannot do their best for their country.
(d) That so many colonies are already taken.

15. How does Clausewitz characterize harboring reserve troops when they should be used to their fullest?
(a) Unimaginable.
(b) Good judgement.
(c) Counter productive.
(d) The mark of a genius.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of situation are high level leaders expected to oversee according to Clausewitz?

2. Why does Clausewitz says the attacking force loses strength as it goes deeper into enemy territory?

3. What does Clausewitz call part of a full scope war that sees several tactical engagements in Book 5, Chapter 2?

4. Who does Clausewitz say attacked Prussia twice 20 years ago?

5. What general feeling should a good general give according to Clausewitz?

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