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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who were the rules created for according to Clausewitz?

3. What definition of war does Clausewitz give?

4. According to Clausewitz, what cannot be ignored in war?

5. What does Clausewitz compare the old "art of war" to to conclude its uselessness?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do officers have to cultivate and why according to Clausewitz?

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

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

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

5. What does Clausewitz say about routine?

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

7. What didn't the invention of gun powder, advances in fire arms and the advance of civilization alter, according to Clausewitz?

8. What type of men are best at dealing with friction according to Clausewitz and how are they found?

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

10. What is friction according to Clausewitz?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Clausewitz' work is divided in 8 Books. Why do you think Clausewitz chose to divide it in such a way? Do you think that division helps or detracts from the goal of the book?

Essay Topic 2

Clausewitz says that the result of war is never final. Analyze the wars in Europe for the 30 years prior to the writing of the book and explain why Clausewitz thinks that war is never final. Use the text to support your statements.

Essay Topic 3

According to Clausewitz, once the expenditures of war go above that of the value and the objectives of the war, peace must follow. Why do you think a country could be compelled not to follow that rule? Use the text to support your statements.

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