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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 does Clausewitz call the moment of a battle where there is opportunity for a decisive victory?

2. What is pivotal to successful offensive aims according to Clausewitz?

3. What does Clausewitz say reserves can be used for?

4. What does Clausewitz compare countries who send soldiers to help allies to?

5. Who is Clausewitz' favorite enemy General?

Short Essay Questions

1. What building does Clausewitz say is particularly important in military campaigns?

2. What is war according to Clausewitz?

3. What does Clausewitz' personal experiences teach him concerning war?

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

5. Who does Clausewitz argue are more prone to self-sacrifice?

6. What does Clausewitz say war often comes down to?

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

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

9. What does Clausewitz say is necessary for the destruction of the enemy?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What does Clausewitz say about officers in "On War"? Explain the contradiction of looking for the best officers, but only considering aristocrats for those positions and not from among the other 90% of the people. Use the text and secondary sources to support your statements.

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