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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 types of courage mentioned by Clausewitz?

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

3. What tends to exacerbate falsehood according to Clausewitz?

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

5. What is precious to an army according to Clausewitz in Book 2, Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is strategy, according to Clausewitz?

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

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

7. When do the hostilities end according to Clausewitz?

8. What does Clausewitz say of the analysis of several battles at the same time?

9. What must the strategist in charge of a war do according to Clausewitz?

10. What does Clausewitz say about geniuses and rules?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Clausewitz says that adapting ones army to a new tactic is necessary to stay on the edge. Discuss how tactics changed since Clausewitz' time and how his book influenced military strategy.

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

According to Clausewitz, a number of peace treaties were concluded without one of the fighters being "called powerless." What would compel a country whose forces can still fight effectively to ask for peace? Use the text to support your statements.

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