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Basil Liddell Hart
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What methods characterized the Wars of Spanish Succession?
(a) Direct methods.
(b) Scorched-earth policy.
(c) Psychological warfare.
(d) Indirect methods.

2. What was the state of most armies in William of Normandy's time and region?
(a) They were mostly composed of mercenaries.
(b) They were standing, professional armies.
(c) They contained almost exclusively cavalry.
(d) They were mostly poor villagers.

3. Fabius was famous for what tactic?
(a) Forestalling engagements until the proper time.
(b) Employing highly mobile light forces.
(c) Forcing the enemy to attack.
(d) Guerilla warfare.

4. What type of new military technology is discussed in depth at the beginning of the book?
(a) Chemical weapons.
(b) Strategic bombers.
(c) Helicopters.
(d) Nuclear weapons.

5. In preparation for a possible war with Germany, France based their strategy on the writings of which general?
(a) Caesar.
(b) Clausewitz.
(c) Du Guesclin.
(d) Belisarius.

6. According to the indirect method, which of the following routes should be taken in order to engage the enemy?
(a) A circuitous route that provides an advantage in terrain or position.
(b) The fastest possible route.
(c) A direct route that is difficult to disrupt.
(d) The route that confuses the enemy most.

7. How does the author define "Generalship"?
(a) The actual directing of military forces.
(b) The chain of military command.
(c) The dominating force of leadership of a commander.
(d) The respect received from the troops.

8. The Germans devised their strategy for war with France and the allies on the strategies of what general?
(a) Hannibal.
(b) Du Guesclin.
(c) Caesar.
(d) Fabius.

9. In the overall strategic planning for the First World War, what country acted as a buffer between Germany and Russia?
(a) France.
(b) Prussia.
(c) Poland.
(d) Austria.

10. What factor did Constable du Guesclin rely upon in enemy territory?
(a) Reconnaissance.
(b) Overwhelming power and strength.
(c) Dissent among the occupied people.
(d) Light, fast troops.

11. One of the aphorisms introduced at the beginning of the book states that all warfare is based on what?
(a) Government.
(b) Power.
(c) Deception.
(d) Strength.

12. In addition to the physical gains, why did Fabius employ his brand of warfare?
(a) For pure fame and glory.
(b) In order to pillage territories more effectively.
(c) For pyschological effect.
(d) To wear down his opponent's strength.

13. According to the author, how did Turenne's military strategy change as the general aged?
(a) He relied on weak advisors.
(b) His increasingly relied on outdated strategies.
(c) His grasp of strategy faded quickly.
(d) His strategy continued to improve.

14. Which of the following major factors that was developed in warfare in the period between 1854 and 1914 made it harder to employ the indirect approach?
(a) Concentration of forces.
(b) The machine gun.
(c) Observation balloons.
(d) The railway.

15. William of Normandy was joined by an allied King from what nation?
(a) The Netherlands.
(b) Sweden.
(c) Luxembourg.
(d) Norway.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the height of his power and greatness, Napoleon was likened to what historical figure?

2. What major advantage does the use of locomotives in warfare convey?

3. Prince Edward is credited with improving greatly what type of military element?

4. According to a famous quotation described at the beginning of the book, how important are moral conditions compared to physical conditions?

5. Why did many European principalities fail to become strong, united nations?

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