The Mask of Command Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Keegan
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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 staff training existed in Wellington's day?

2. Many of the soldiers were considered to be ___________ by Alexander.

3. It is surmised that both Wellington and Napoleon, uniquely adept at grasping higher learning concepts, may have been exposed to a classical learning technique that involved the use of _______________.

4. How much did Wellington leave to chance?

5. Where did Wellington attend school?

Short Essay Questions

1. To whom does Keegan compare Alexander the Great in Chapter One? What is the outcome of this comparison?

2. Overall, do you believe that Alexander was a great leader? Why or why not?

3. What did Castlereagh think of Wellington? Why? How did this affect Wellington?

4. Compare the upbringing of both Wellington and Alexander.

5. Why was, and is, it important for a leader to have good oration skills?

6. How was Wellington rewarded for his military success? Why was he rewarded in this way?

7. How does Wellington's life reveal that he was a man of great persistence, resilience, and fortitude?

8. Describe Alexander's parents' personalities and relationship.

9. Describe Alexander's relationship with his men. What does this reveal about his character?

10. How did Wellington treat his men? What might this reveal about him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author spends a great deal of time detailing the daily routines of several leaders.

Part 1) Describe these daily routines. What is revealed about these leaders? Why is this information important to the author?

Part 2) What do many of the leaders' daily routines have in common? What does this reveal about these leaders? What might this reveal about many or most leaders?

Part 3) Describe your own daily routine. How does it compare to the daily routines of the leaders in this book? What does your daily routine reveal about you?

Essay Topic 2

Fame and prestige often accompanied military success.

Part 1) Describe the fame and prestige of the military leaders described in this book. Why did military success carry such worth?

Part 2) Do you believe that fame and prestige influenced these leaders? Why or why not? Do you believe it played a role in recruiting and encouraging men to join the military? Explain.

Part 3) Is fame and prestige still connected to the military and successful military pursuits? Why or why not? What do you think of when you think of the U.S. military? Is this a true image or one that comes from government propaganda?

Essay Topic 3

The leaders discussed in this book had a wide range of upbringings.

Part 1) Choose four men to analyze. Describe each man's upbringing. Compare these upbringings. How did their upbringings affect their personalities, strategies, and beliefs?

Part 2) Despite having varying upbringings, the leaders in this book had several similarities and common traits. What are these commonalities? Are these traits required by all leaders? Why or why not?

Part 3) Regarding nurture versus nature, do you feel that either the way you were raised or your own genetics has a stronger influence over your personality, interests, and beliefs? Explain.

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