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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 was the "art of war" about according to Clausewitz?

2. What qualities does Clausewitz describe as imperative for a commander?

3. Why do men fight each other according to Clausewitz?

4. What portion of the war plans do lower ranking figures usually implement according to Clausewitz?

5. What does Clausewitz say clouds the reality of one's position within a situation?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Clausewitz say about the priorities in war?

6. What does Clausewitz think of the current theory on war?

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

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

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

10. In what country did Clausewitz serve in the military?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Clausewitz' work is divided in 8 Books. Why do you think Clausewitz chose to divide it in such a way? Do you think that division helps or detracts from the goal of the book?

Essay Topic 2

Clausewitz qualifies the power of resistance as the product of the total means at his disposal and the strength of his will. Which one is the most important in current asymmetrical war such as Afghanistan and Iraq?

Essay Topic 3

Clausewitz says that the result of war is never final. Analyze the wars in Europe for the 30 years prior to the writing of the book and explain why Clausewitz thinks that war is never final. Use the text to support your statements.

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