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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is never final in war according to Clausewitz?
(a) Results.
(b) Countries.
(c) Battles.
(d) Armies.

2. How does Clausewitz define the nature of war at the beginning of Book 1, Chapter 2?
(a) Complex and changeable.
(b) Simple and changeable.
(c) Complex and strict.
(d) Simple and strict.

3. What does Clausewitz think of genius and established rules?
(a) Genius can override rules.
(b) Genius expands the rules.
(c) Genius follows rules to the letter.
(d) Genius makes the rules.

4. What are the top commanders more prone to suffer from according to Clausewitz?
(a) Overconfidence.
(b) Doubt.
(c) Fear.
(d) Incompetence.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Clausewitz describe the inexperienced soldier's first encounter with war?

2. What are the two types of courage mentioned by Clausewitz?

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

4. What are the two sure ways to defeat an enemy according to Clausewitz?

5. What is reading supposed to provide the military reader according to Clausewitz?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Clausewitz thinks of the relative strength of attack and defense?

2. What is strategy, according to Clausewitz?

3. What does Clausewitz mean by "Destruction of the enemy's forces"?

4. What does Clausewitz think of physical and moral components of an army?

5. What does Clausewitz say about war strategy education?

6. Why does Clausewitz believe that the wars between civilized countries are less cruel and destructive than between savages?

7. What does Clausewitz think of the current theory on war?

8. What motive to make war always exists according to Clausewitz?

9. What human weakness does Clausewitz associate with poor information handling?

10. What is friction according to Clausewitz?

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