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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. About how many men was Belisarius given with which to conquer the Vandals?
(a) Fifty thousand
(b) Fifteen thousand.
(c) Five thousand.
(d) A hundred thousand.

2. 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.

3. Which general is attributed to stating and frequently reciting the famous line given in this chapter about the relative importance of the moral and the physical?
(a) Darius.
(b) Hitler.
(c) Washington.
(d) Napoleon.

4. Constable du Guesclin's style was most influenced by which previous general?
(a) Caesar.
(b) Alexander.
(c) Fabius.
(d) Hannibal.

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

6. In what area of generalship did Belisarius excel?
(a) Offensive strategy.
(b) Logistics.
(c) Defensive strategy.
(d) Fire weapons.

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

8. What events caused France to become a united nation?
(a) The politicians and actions by Germany.
(b) The country's invasion by foreigners.
(c) The French Revolution.
(d) The formation of the United States of America.

9. According to a famous quotation described at the beginning of the book, how important are moral conditions compared to physical conditions?
(a) Moral conditions do not matter at all.
(b) Moral conditions are equally important.
(c) Moral conditions are three times as important.
(d) Moral conditions are about half as important.

10. Why, according to the author, were Caesar's strategies insufficient?
(a) He absolutely refused to lay siege in any circumstance.
(b) He failed to follow up on advantageous situations.
(c) He failed to attack the enemy leaders.
(d) His men were not inspired by his leadership.

11. According to the author, what were the results of the Hundred Year's War, fought by du Guesclin and others?
(a) The results were mixed.
(b) The results were indecisive.
(c) It is impossible to comment on the results.
(d) The results were totally decisive.

12. 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) The railway.
(d) Observation balloons.

13. Which of the following best embodies how a war might be ended using the indirect method?
(a) The enemy's industry is totally wiped out.
(b) The purpose that motivated the war is destroyed.
(c) The enemy's forces are completely destroyed in the field.
(d) The enemy capital is taken by force.

14. What factor caused the Germans to retreat near the end of the First World War?
(a) There was massive unrest at home.
(b) They had lost too many men in a recent offensive.
(c) They were concerned about the safety of their rear area.
(d) They had no way to deal with the tanks the Allies had introduced.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the overall strategic planning for the First World War, what country acted as a buffer between Germany and Russia?

2. What methods characterized the Wars of Spanish Succession?

3. How long does the author say it took Caesar to make the Mediterranean his?

4. The author suggests that which of the following can easily become involved in grand strategy?

5. During Constable du Geusclin's time, the English had what major technological advantage?

(see the answer keys)

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