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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. Why does Clausewitz think great leaders were always right?

2. What are high ranking officers usually not, according to Clausewitz?

3. What emotion does Clausewitz say should be used to make the enemy doubt the outcome of a war?

4. What do the kindhearted think, according to Clausewitz?

5. What brings value to a strategy according to Clausewitz?

Short Essay Questions

1. What human weakness does Clausewitz associate with poor information handling?

2. Why does Clausewitz say that there is a special relationship between attack and defense?

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

4. What does Clausewitz say about holding on to conquered terrain?

5. According to Clausewitz, what needs to be subdued to win a war?

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

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

8. What use of a small force does Clausewitz talk about in the book 8?

9. Why should one always keep a reserve according to Clausewitz?

10. What virtue does Clausewitz think are most imperative to a commander?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Clausewitz says that all assumptions and information are open to doubt. Find and Explain Clausewitz' reasons for saying so. Do you think social elements clouded his judgment? Use the book and historical information 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 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.

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