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

2. According to the author, it is critically important to do what to every soldier in a military force?
(a) Psychologically condition them.
(b) Train them to be leaders.
(c) Equip and protect them.
(d) Maintain their individuality.

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

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

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

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

7. William's ally attacked England from which direction?
(a) The southeast.
(b) The northeast.
(c) The southwest.
(d) The northwest.

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

9. How are the beneficial gains from warfare maintained?
(a) Politics.
(b) Military recruitment.
(c) Diplomacy.
(d) Active effort.

10. What two major elements of martial skill were combined successfully in Europe in the medieval era?
(a) Archery and horsemanship.
(b) Swordplay and horsemanship.
(c) Single combat and swordplay.
(d) Archery and close quarters combat.

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

12. In their second war against the Greeks, the massive Persian army and navy that supported it created what strategic problem?
(a) Low "division slice."
(b) A narrow front.
(c) Dependance on local resources.
(d) An obvious "line of expectation."

13. Constable du Geusclin always avoided attacking which of the following?
(a) Supply lines.
(b) The line of expectation.
(c) Fortified cities.
(d) The main body of the enemy forces.

14. In his major engagement with the Scottish, how was Cromwell able to overcome the numerical superiority of the enemy forces?
(a) By wearing them down with artillery fire.
(b) By forcing them to engage in smaller groups.
(c) By cutting off their supplies.
(d) By using a pincer maneuver.

15. Decisive results are almost always the result of what kind of strategy?
(a) Guerilla warfare.
(b) The direct method.
(c) The indirect method.
(d) Rapid offensives.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following was a widely-used tactic in William of Normandy's time?

2. What factor did Constable du Guesclin rely upon in enemy territory?

3. What methods characterized the Wars of Spanish Succession?

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

5. Which great Persian military leader is credited with introducing military strategy to Europe?

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