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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 does Clausewitz say about routine?

2. What is the populace trained to do according to Clausewitz?

3. How many activities does Clausewitz say strategic methods consist of?

4. Who does Clausewitz say fares best at war with the consequences of friction?

5. How long does Clausewitz say it would take a man to compile a proper survey of history?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is friction according to Clausewitz?

3. What is strategy, according to Clausewitz?

4. What is important to the soldiers of an army according to Clausewitz?

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

6. What does Clausewitz think of the time spent on the acquisition of knowledge?

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

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

9. What is just as important as physical fitness?

10. What does Clausewitz say about routine?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think Clausewitz is right when he says that wars between civilized nations are less cruel and destructive than between "savages"? Use the text to support your statements.

Essay Topic 2

Clausewitz talks about the importance of the popularity of the campaign in war. How does popularity affect the war? Make sure to give at least 3 examples; one for the political aspect, one for the tactical aspect and one for the strategic aspect and use the text to support your statements.

Essay Topic 3

Clausewitz says that each side compels its opponent to follow suit until the extreme of force is reached. Do you think that that concept is still valid today? Analyze the yearly number of war victims in the last century to build your argument.

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