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 was one way that Hitler gained political ascendancy in Germany?

2. "Limited aim" strategy generally precludes what type of outcome?

3. Which of the following historical commanders did NOT enjoy supreme power in both military and political matters, as did Hitler?

4. Forces are usually drawn into the "horns of a dilemma" in what way?

5. The common and imprecise interpretation of Clausewitz's writings was that victory could achieved by having a majority of which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the relationships between grand strategy, strategy and tactics.

2. Describe the strategies used by the Turks during the First World War.

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

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

5. How does the nature and purpose of strategy relate to people's unwillingness to be convinced of a point contrary to their own beliefs?

6. How did Hitler gain the loyalty and trust of his subordinates?

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

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

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

10. How did Hitler's study of Napoleon negatively influence him?

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'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

The British Civil Wars represented a high point in military strategy. The well-developed techniques of the time led to elegant set-piece battles, but unfortunately, these rarely led to decisive results.

Part 1) Explain the nature of the British Civil Wars. Who were the major combatants? What resources did they have in technology, manpower and leadership?

Part 2) What was the state of generalship during these wars? What methods and strategies were prominent?

Part 3) Why did most engagements during these wars fail to lead to decisive results?

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