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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. How does Clausewitz sees the first 6 books he wrote in his notes?

2. How does Clausewitz sees war in Book 1, Chapter 1?

3. What does Clausewitz tell the reader is better than reading and learning about war strategy from books?

4. What are the top commanders more prone to suffer from according to Clausewitz?

5. What factor does Clausewitz say was considered the only one that could be calculated according to the first author trying to theorize war?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Clausewitz think of physical and moral components of an army?

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

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

4. What objectives will incidentally bring the enemy's collapse according to Clausewitz?

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

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

7. What does Clausewitz say about war strategy education?

8. What does Clausewitz says about great commanders?

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

10. When do the hostilities end according to Clausewitz?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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