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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. Why is the offensive party's line of thinking only concerned with the attack according to Clausewitz?
(a) He can boast completeness.
(b) Attack is usually an all in move.
(c) Attack is more simple.
(d) Attack minded generals are not smart enough for multi-level thinking.

2. What definition of defense does Clausewitz give in Book 4, Chapter 1?
(a) To block the enemy's advances without loss of life.
(b) To attack first and destroy the enemy totally.
(c) To successfully not get hit even when another tried to hit you.
(d) To build fortifications that cannot be broken.

3. What does Clausewitz say the best soldiers, national leaders and generals have in common?
(a) They have no fear.
(b) They have superior intelligence.
(c) They have clear goals.
(d) They are good orators.

4. What type of engagement does Clausewitz say has a superior value?
(a) One large engagement.
(b) An attrition battle.
(c) A combination of engagements.
(d) A quick engagement.

5. What does Clausewitz call the area where military action occurs?
(a) The battlefield.
(b) The operating area.
(c) The theatre of operations.
(d) The field of battle.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why would an ally stop its help according to Clausewitz?

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

3. What is Clausewitz disappointed about concerning imperial expansion?

4. What does Clausewitz' experience teach him about war and their similarities?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Clausewitz say about position and waiting?

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

5. What does Clausewitz say of the attack strength?

6. Why did the Jews, in the example given by Clausewitz to illustrate his vision on holding terrain, not form a strong country?

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

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

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

10. How does Clausewitz define defense?

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