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Basil Liddell Hart
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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. When did Belisarius carry out his wars of reconquest?

2. The Germanic Vandals in North Africa depended on what activity for their wealth?

3. According to the indirect method, which of the following should NOT be attacked?

4. What do skilled leaders almost always do when they are at a disadvantage?

5. Compared to normal military strategies, indirect strategies strive to achieve what goal?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the factors that caused the Germans to retreat and eventually surrender?

2. What factors led to Greek victory in the first war between Greece and Persia?

3. Describe some of Napoleon's strategies and innovations.

4. Why was Varro chosen to replace Fabius?

5. What was Belisarius's general strategy?

6. Describe some of Belisarius's conquests.

7. Why is the indirect method favorable over direct methods?

8. Describe the effect of the locomotive on the American Civil War.

9. Why has the indirect method failed to become a widely-used strategy?

10. How did Constable du Geusclin overcome English technological superiority?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The western front during the first World War was bloody and generally indecisive. The eventual German retreat was not precipitated by military setbacks, but by mere strategic considerations of position. There is every indication that the war could have continued in its indecisive state for many more years.

Part 1) What nations participated in the war on this front? What were the strategies on both sides? How was the war expected to be fought and won?

Part 2) What difficulties became apparent once the war had begun? How did terrain and technology affect the maneuvers and strategies that could be employed by both sides? In actual practice, what types of strategies were employed during the war?

Part 3) Were the results of the war in this theater decisive or indecisive? What factors contributed to this outcome? How did grand strategy affect the results of the war? Why was Germany eventually forced to retreat and eventually to surrender?

Essay Topic 2

Julius Caesar was a visionary and a brilliant general. In a few short years, he transformed Rome from a republic into an empire, a move that shook the ancient world and forever changed Rome's destiny.

Part 1) Who was Julius Caesar, what was the political and military atmosphere of Rome when he grew up and when he educated, and how did he begin his career?

Part 2) Outline Caesar's style of generalship, emphasizing his use of the indirect method using examples from the book.

Part 3) Explain how Caesar maneuvered himself to become dictator for life of Rome, and how he altered the empire. How was his approach to politics similar or different from his approach to warfare?

Part 4) Explain the reasons for Caesar's assassination, and briefly discuss his legacy to Rome in particular and to military strategy as a whole.

Essay Topic 3

During the First World War, the Turkish theater saw the most mobile and strategic fighting of the war. Multiple invasions by France and England were fought back, and a vicious skirmishing guerrilla war was fought over the independence of emerging Arab states.

Part 1) Explain the importance of Turkey to the grand strategy of the first World War. Why did this country enter into the war, and what did it hope to gain? Why did the allies decide to invade this country directly?

Part 2) Discuss the war between Turkey and the western powers. What types of strategies were employed by each side? Why did France and England consistently fail to succeed in Turkey? Were the results of this war decisive or indecisive, and why?

Part 3) Discuss the war between Turkey and the Arab states. What distinct advantages and weaknesses did each side posses? Which side better utilized its own strengths and took most advantage of its enemy's weaknesses? What were the results of this conflict?

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