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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. How were the first attempts at theorizing war according to Clausewitz?
(a) Simplistic.
(b) Difficult to understand.
(c) Complicated.
(d) Not applicable.

2. What definition does Clausewitz give of wearing down the enemy?
(a) Gradual exhaustion of horses.
(b) Gradual exhaustion of commanding officers.
(c) Gradual exhaustion of physical and moral resistance.
(d) Gradual exhaustion of ammunition.

3. Why should someone study memoirs of past commanders according to Clausewitz?
(a) To copy their style.
(b) To improve reading skills.
(c) To counter their style more effectively.
(d) To improve critical analysis skills.

4. What does Clausewitz say has a profound effect on methods used in war?
(a) The weapons.
(b) The aims.
(c) The soldiers.
(d) The government.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Clausewitz think of the location where the war plans are drawn?

2. What theory does Clausewitz think many people have difficulty with?

3. What is courage to the soldier according to Clausewitz?

4. What does Clausewitz claim as a vital component of critical analysis?

5. What was not considered a suitable subject for theory in the former "art of war" according to Clausewitz?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Clausewitz says about great commanders?

3. What is strategy, according to Clausewitz?

4. What does Clausewitz say about the priorities in war?

5. According to Clausewitz, what was initially considered the art of war by the first war theorists?

6. What is important to the soldiers of an army according to Clausewitz?

7. Why does Clausewitz say that there is a special relationship between attack and defense?

8. What building does Clausewitz say is particularly important in military campaigns?

9. What does Clausewitz think of the influence of army numbers in war?

10. How does Clausewitz calculate the power of resistance of the enemy?

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