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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. What are the two sure ways to defeat an enemy according to Clausewitz?

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

3. How does Clausewitz describe the inexperienced soldier's first encounter with war?

4. What does Clausewitz tell the reader is better than reading and learning about war strategy from books?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are novices of war surprised to discover concerning tactics and strategy?

2. What does Clausewitz say about war strategy education?

3. What motive to make war always exists according to Clausewitz?

4. What does Clausewitz say about geniuses and rules?

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

6. What does Clausewitz thinks of the relative strength of attack and defense?

7. What is just as important as physical fitness?

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

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

10. What are the three separate activities necessary for warfare according to Clausewitz?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Clausewitz qualifies the power of resistance as the product of the total means at his disposal and the strength of his will. Which one is the most important in current asymmetrical war such as Afghanistan and Iraq?

Essay Topic 2

How does Clausewitz see the foot soldier of the Prussian army? Use the social landscape of the 19th century to explain Clausewitz' views.

Essay Topic 3

Clausewitz often talks of Bonaparte and Frederick as examples of great generals. Compare Frederick and Bonaparte and draw your own conclusion on whether or not they can be considered great generals based on their actions.

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