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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 should follow the attack on a well maintained defensive position according to Clausewitz?
(a) Reinforcing the defensive position.
(b) Rest.
(c) A counter attack.
(d) Retreat.

2. What does Clausewitz call part of a full scope war that sees several tactical engagements in Book 5, Chapter 2?
(a) Skirmishes.
(b) Engagements groups.
(c) Small wars.
(d) Military campaigns.

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

4. What does the old political landscape permit according to Clausewitz?
(a) For Prussia to dominate the political scene.
(b) For one event to precipitate a global war.
(c) For two European countries to go to war without involving any other country.
(d) For Italy to expand into France.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Clausewitz say can be challenging to do during a particular campaign?

2. What construction method does Clausewitz use as a metaphor for holding new territories?

3. According to Clausewitz, what is typically not decisive in a long term conflict?

4. What complements each method of defense according to Clausewitz in Book 5, Chapter 1?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Clausewitz say war often comes down to?

2. What use of a small force does Clausewitz talk about in the book 8?

3. Why should one always keep a reserve according to Clausewitz?

4. What does Clausewitz say about position and waiting?

5. What does Clausewitz say about holding on to conquered terrain?

6. What does Clausewitz claim is not sought during military campaign?

7. What does Clausewitz says tempers his own view on the superiority of defense?

8. What does Clausewitz' personal experiences teach him concerning war?

9. What does Clausewitz' experience teach him concerning the use of tactics by high ranking officers?

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

(see the answer keys)

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