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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 is the majority of time in war spent according to Clausewitz?
(a) Idle.
(b) Fighting battles.
(c) Training and exercising.
(d) Cleaning weapons.

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

3. What is better than wasting or leaving forces idle according to Clausewitz?
(a) Sending them home.
(b) Using them properly.
(c) Misusing them.
(d) Using them in a flank attack.

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

5. What building does Clausewitz says is highly desirable for an army to have during the first half of the 19th century?
(a) Bank.
(b) Large hotel.
(c) Farm.
(d) Fortress.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason does Clausewitz give for the way the majority of the time in war is spent?

2. What terrain does Clausewitz say might allow for a different type of use than the one he advocates?

3. What does Clausewitz say would be the message sent by an army taking a castle, burning the fields, dispersing the livestock and then retreating?

4. What does Clausewitz call the area where military action occurs?

5. What is, in a large part, intuitive according to Clausewitz?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the theatre of operation according to Clausewitz?

3. What is the focus of every nation according to Clausewitz?

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

5. How does Clausewitz define defense?

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 think of the concentration of forces?

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

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

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

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