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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 possibility does a good defensive position offer the general in charge according to Clausewitz?

2. What general rule does Clausewitz give concerning defense and attack?

3. What does Clausewitz say will force an enemy to withdraw from a previously conquered territory?

4. What reason does Clausewitz give for the way the majority of the time in war is spent?

5. Why does Clausewitz says the attacking force loses strength as it goes deeper into enemy territory?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Clausewitz says tempers his own view on the superiority of defense?

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

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

6. What does Clausewitz say about position and waiting?

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

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

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

10. What does Clausewitz claim is not sought during military campaign?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

How does Clausewitz see the foot soldier of the Prussian army? Use the social landscape of the 19th century to explain Clausewitz' views.

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