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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 situation does Clausewitz envision being the only one where one can completely destroy the army of the enemy?

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

3. How can one determine the policies of a specific country at war according to Clausewitz?

4. What does Clausewitz say he is trying to do in Book 3, Chapter 2?

5. What effect can physical violence have on troops if they don't understand why violence should be used according to Clausewitz?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why did the Jews, in the example given by Clausewitz to illustrate his vision on holding terrain, not form a strong country?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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