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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. According to Clausewitz, what matters when a general makes adjustments to the war plan?

3. What does Clausewitz say about people and their methods of drawing conclusions?

4. What does Clausewitz compare the old "art of war" to to conclude its uselessness?

5. What definition does Clausewitz give of wearing down the enemy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is strategy, according to Clausewitz?

4. What does Clausewitz' experience teach him concerning the use of tactics by high ranking officers?

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

6. What does Clausewitz think of the concentration of forces?

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

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

9. What is war according to Clausewitz?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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