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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 qualify the task of creating a scientific theory for the conduct of war?

2. What was not considered a suitable subject for theory in the former "art of war" according to Clausewitz?

3. What event does Clausewitz fear would make his book liable to endless misinterpretation?

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

5. How does Clausewitz describe the inexperienced soldier's first encounter with war?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Clausewitz say about routine?

5. Why does Clausewitz think it is impossible for every soldier to have a degree of military genius?

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

7. What does Clausewitz think of the time spent on the acquisition of knowledge?

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

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

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 "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 each side compels its opponent to follow suit until the extreme of force is reached. Do you think that that concept is still valid today? Analyze the yearly number of war victims in the last century to build your argument.

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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