On War Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 say about the use of the forces available in Book 3, Chapter 2?

2. Who is Clausewitz' favorite enemy General?

3. What army did Clausewitz join to continue fighting his favorite enemy?

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

5. What can one do with a small force according to Clausewitz?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the focus of every nation according to Clausewitz?

6. What does Clausewitz say of an army using the purely defensive mode?

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

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

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

10. What does Clausewitz say of the attack strength?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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