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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 construction method does Clausewitz use as a metaphor for holding new territories?

2. What are the defensive lines of thinking concerned about according to Clausewitz?

3. When does no side get attacked, but still spend resources toward the war effort according to Clausewitz?

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

5. What does Clausewitz think of the way wars are usually fought?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Clausewitz, what is the majority of time spent on during war?

3. What is war according to Clausewitz?

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

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

6. What does Clausewitz say of the attack strength?

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

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

9. What does Clausewitz say about position and waiting?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think Clausewitz is right when he says that wars between civilized nations are less cruel and destructive than between "savages"? Use the text to support your statements.

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

Clausewitz often talks of Bonaparte and Frederick as examples of great generals. Compare Frederick and Bonaparte and draw your own conclusion on whether or not they can be considered great generals based on their actions.

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