Strategy Test | Final 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. What tactic, employed by generals as early as Belisarius, was widely used in World War II?

2. Which nation did Russia decide to focus their efforts on first?

3. Which important development did Clausewitz overlook in his books?

4. What historical general is cited as basing his conquests on popular support?

5. In what strategic realm did Hitler fail?

Short Essay Questions

1. What challenge did Germany face in fighting in Russian territory?

2. How successful was Germany's expansion during the early parts of World War II? Why was this expansion eventually halted and reversed?

3. Describe some common tactical movements of the armies of World War II.

4. What was unusual about Hitler's preparations for war?

5. According to the author, what were some motivating factors behind writing this book?

6. What was the state of strategy and tactics on the eastern front during the First World War?

7. What is a wedge attack, what is it used for and how is it countered?

8. What is the principle of flexibility?

9. Why was Ludendorff mostly unable to enact indirect strategies throughout the war?

10. What are the important strategic differences between large and small armies.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author suggests that the indirect approach is applicable to many fields outside of military strategy. There are obvious similarities between military endeavors, in which the goal is to acquire some lasting benefit for oneself, often in the face of resistance from an outside force, and many other human activities.

Part 1) Explain the indirect approach independent of military strategy. Describe its various components and attributes without reference to military terms or ideas.

Part 2) Discuss how these ideas can be applied to another specific human endeavor. Draw analogies between the military concepts discussed in the book and the concepts that pertain to the endeavor you have chosen to discuss.

Part 3) Use examples to explain how grand strategy relates to this endeavor, and how decisive and indecisive results can be identified.

Part 4) Explain step by step one example of how the indirect approach can be applied to this endeavor in order to bring about decisive results.

Essay Topic 3

Guerrilla warfare has been employed throughout history, but has flourished into a well-studied and effective method of warfare only within the last century.

Part 1) What is guerrilla warfare, and how does it differ from conventional warfare? What forces and methods are employed under this strategy?

Part 2) What factors led to the increased use of guerrilla warfare during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? Provide some examples from the book of the increasing use of this strategy.

Part 3) What major advantages and disadvantages does guerrilla warfare lead to? Under what conditions should a nation resort to these means?

Part 4) Summarize the overall historical effectiveness of guerrilla warfare, using examples from the book.

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