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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 is the populace trained to do according to Clausewitz?

2. What should military people do when they are not on the battlefield according to Clausewitz?

3. Why does Clausewitz think great leaders were always right?

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

5. What is strategy according to Clausewitz in Book 3, Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Clausewitz think of military knowledge through books?

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

3. Why does Clausewitz think it is impossible for every soldier to have a degree of military genius?

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

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

6. When do the hostilities end according to Clausewitz?

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

8. What is the difference between strategy and tactics according to Clausewitz?

9. What does Clausewitz say about geniuses and rules?

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

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 says that "Normally [...] that loss of [the enemy's] territory weakens the fighting forces [of the enemy]," Do you think that statement is true? Give historical examples and Clausewitz' "On War" to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Trinity is one of most important concepts of the book. Give the definition of trinity for Clausewitz, using the book as reference. Explain each element of Trinity and how they apply to war.

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