The Mask of Command Test | Final 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. Hitler was well known for adopting the axiom of whom?

2. Hitler believed the axiom meant that an army should first destroy his enemies in the field and then do what?

3. The regiment in which Hitler served was filled with the type of people Hitler longed to be with but what?

4. Lincoln recognized what in Grant?

5. Was the plan to destroy Poland before the English and French could intervene due to Hitler?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the northerners compare to the southerners?

2. How was Hitler affected by World War I?

3. Why might some factors regarding Hitler as a soldier have been overlooked?

4. How did Grant realize an error pre-war regarding his men?

5. What was the myth regarding Hitler's war-time lodgings? Was this myth true?

6. How did Grant receive some notoriety? How did he feel about how he got this notoriety?

7. What did Grant think about the reason for the Civil War? Do you agree? Why or why not?

8. Why was it suggested that Grant surrender at the Battle of Shiloh?

9. How did Grant's approach to battle compare to Alexander's?

10. What was Hitler's impact on and relationship with his soldiers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author believes it is not desirable for a leader to storm in and take command, at least not without the acceptance of his or her people.

Part 1) Do you agree with him? Why or why not? Did citizens in the past want their leaders to take control? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why does the author believe the view of the leader should change in the nuclear age? If it were not the nuclear age, does the author believe there would be nothing wrong with a leader coming in and taking charge? Explain.

Part 3) Do you believe that by listening to the citizens, a leader could make better decisions regarding the nation as a whole? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The heroic ethic has characterized the style of government throughout most of the world.

Part 1) What is the heroic ethic? How has it influenced the style of government for much of the world? Do you see the heroic ethic as being influential in the careers of the leaders found in this book? Explain.

Part 2) Are leaders today influenced by the heroic ethic? If so, how? If not, why not? How has the U.S. government style been influenced by the heroic ethic?

Part 3) Do you agree with the author that leaders in the nuclear age must not be affected by the heroic ethic? Why or why not? How might our country change if leaders were not influenced by heroism or the lack of heroism?

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