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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. Which of the following elements is NOT described as being part of the "center" of a country's military power?
(a) Technology.
(b) Control.
(c) Supply.
(d) Morale.

2. Who was the Emperor of the Western Roman Empire during Belisarius's time?
(a) Justinian.
(b) Augustus.
(c) Nero.
(d) Quintus.

3. Which of the following was a widely-used tactic in William of Normandy's time?
(a) Artillery bombardment.
(b) Wave attacks.
(c) Layered defenses.
(d) False retreats.

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

5. What was Belisarius's first major reconquest?
(a) Persia.
(b) Spain.
(c) Rome.
(d) Egypt.

6. Who led the second Persian invasion of Greece?
(a) Xerxes.
(b) Darius the Great.
(c) Belasarius.
(d) Themistocles.

7. What critical factor does naval power in the Mediterranean influence, especially in the case of the Greeks?
(a) Force multipliers.
(b) Control of communications.
(c) The horn of doubt.
(d) Amphibious assault capability.

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

9. According to the indirect approach, military strategy needs to include plans to attack in what manner?
(a) Rarely and with great force.
(b) As quickly and often as possible.
(c) Along lines besides natural lines of expectation.
(d) Along lines of natural expectation.

10. Compared to normal military strategies, indirect strategies strive to achieve what goal?
(a) Multiple subsidiary goals.
(b) The same goal.
(c) Purely psychological goals.
(d) Purely material goals.

11. What disadvantage can the use of "picked troops" offset?
(a) Rough terrain.
(b) Inferior numbers.
(c) Lack of training.
(d) Enemy fortifications.

12. Which of the following is a major risk in using a standing army with very long individual terms of service?
(a) Teamwork.
(b) Entitlement.
(c) Complacency.
(d) Budget concerns.

13. What is one problem of relying upon locomotives in warfare?
(a) The civilian population will suffer without access to trains.
(b) Coal and labor must be constantly in supply.
(c) Troops suffer health problems.
(d) The railways must be protected.

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

15. What is the author's assessment of the strategies employed in the the First World War?
(a) They were direct and no decisive victory was won.
(b) They were too passive and but decisive.
(c) They were not appropriate for the technology of the time.
(d) They were indirect, but still failed to achieve decisive victory.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which of the following best embodies how a war might be ended using the indirect method?

3. The Germans devised their strategy for war with France and the allies on the strategies of what general?

4. During William of Normandy's time, what was the state of military strategy?

5. According to the author, what nation first employed military strategy in Europe?

(see the answer keys)

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