Strategy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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. According to one of the aphorisms introduced at the beginning of the book, what is the likely outcome for all nations that participate in a war?

2. How did Caesar achieve relatively bloodless victories?

3. According to the author, how did Turenne's military strategy change as the general aged?

4. Which of the following is a common method for generals employing the indirect approach?

5. William's ally attacked England from which direction?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why are decisive results important in warfare?

3. Describe the nature of the Wars of Spanish Succession. What kinds of strategies were used, and what was unique about these wars?

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

5. How did the large size of the Persian army in the second Greek and Persian war cause problems for the Persians?

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

7. What was the overall state of military strategy in William of Normandy's time?

8. Why was Varro chosen to replace Fabius?

9. What was Marlborough's style of generalship and why was he not able to fully employ it?

10. What were Prince Edward's accomplishments in the development of military technology and strategy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Belisarius achieved victories where no one thought they were possible, and succeeded in reconquering huge swaths of territory for the divided Roman empire. His conquests were so great that some even called him emperor. His style was decidedly different from that of other generals discussed throughout the book, and other generals of the time.

Part 1) Summarize the military accomplishments of Belisarius, in chronological order.

Part 2) Explain how Belisarius's strategies differed from those of most other military commanders.

Part 3) Discuss Belisarius's influence on military thinking of his time, and in the centuries afterward.

Essay Topic 2

The author's assessment of the first World War was that overall, there was a huge and unnecessary loss of life that resulted in no real decisive victories and lasting benefits for any nation. The author suggests that this monumental waste of life could have been avoided.

Part 1) Describe the overall losses during the first World War, as well as the results, decisive or indecisive.

Part 2) What factors led to the employment of largely direct methods? What individuals, technologies and other circumstances led to the employment of these strategies?

Part 3) How could the war have been managed differently if indirect methods had been employed instead? Use examples from the book to describe in detail ways that existing technology, military forces and doctrines could have been employed to achieve better results with less loss of life.

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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