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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 types of soldiers does Clausewitz say tend to lose heart when they encounter combat?

2. What is necessary to make theoretical sense of actual events according to Clausewitz?

3. What rule did the theorist first declare as the one and only according to Clausewitz?

4. What does Clausewitz says of the people that can deal with friction?

5. What are the two types of courage mentioned by Clausewitz?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is just as important as physical fitness?

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

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

4. Besides military defeat, what does Clausewitz think are grounds for peace in a war?

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

6. What does Clausewitz says about great commanders?

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

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

9. Why does Clausewitz think that the result of war is never final?

10. What does Clausewitz mean by "Destruction of the enemy's forces"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Clausewitz talks about long forgotten gentlemen rules that forbid one side from attacking the other's camp. What rules were present in the 19th century battlefield? Why were those rules created? Use the book to support your statements.

Essay Topic 2

Who do you think Clausewitz is writing the book for? Is it a purely military manual or are the books also meant to be read by civilian leaders that he says must understand military matters? Use the text to support your conclusions.

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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