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. Describe this person who wrote this axiom?

2. Hitler was well known for adopting the axiom of whom?

3. Grant, like many other commanders, was elected to head a recruiting committee for ___________.

4. Chapter seven, "Hitler and the Theatre of Leadership", discusses Hitler's ________________ that he would be able to command loyalty until death from the inner sanctum at the Forbidden City.

5. When did things change for Grant?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Hitler's early military experience.

2. How does Grant's opinion of the progress of war compare to that of the other leaders mentioned? Why?

3. How did the attack on Fort Sumter affect Grant? Why?

4. How did Hitler feel about his life? How might this have influenced decisions he made as a leader?

5. What is Grant's military philosophy?

6. How did the results of World War I affect World War II?

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

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

9. Why might Grant not have wanted to surrender? What does this reveal about him?

10. Why did Hitler go into hiding? How did Hitler adapt to being in hiding?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Western civilization considered WWI "the" war.

Part 1) Why was WWI viewed in this way? How was this reflected in weapon technology and military might?

Part 2) Based on this fact, might the west have expected more wars such as this one? Why or why not? How might "the" war have led to subsequent wars?

Part 3) Do you believe another world war will occur? Why or why not? Predict what this war would be like, based on the information given in this book.

Essay Topic 2

Keegan covers the post heroic standard.

Part 1) What is the post heroic standard? How does he go about investigating this? is this investigation important or significant? Why or why not?

Part 2) What is meant by Nuclear Authority? Is this a new idea? Why or why not? What is the connection between this and military technological advances?

Part 3) Are we living in a post heroic period? Why or why not? What does this mean for our leaders?

Essay Topic 3

The author gives a chapter the title, "Wellington: the Anti-Hero".

Part 1) What is meant by "anti-hero?" How is Wellington an anti-hero? How does this compare to other leaders discussed in this book, such as Alexander the Great, Hitler, and Grant? How does he compare to Napoleon?

Part 2) Why does the author spend a significant portion of this section on Wellington comparing him to Napoleon? What can be learned about each man by comparing them?

Part 3) Would you consider any of our world leaders today to be anti-heroes? Why or why not?

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