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. Keegan goes into detail about Grant's habits and methods as what?

2. Did Hitler occupy any of these grandiose lodgings?

3. It was shown that Grant realized his error pre-war when making the distinction between who?

4. Was staying hidden terrible to Hitler?

5. Why was Grant chosen for his military appointment?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was World War I called "the" war?

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

4. Who was Clausewitz? How was he misunderstood by Hitler?

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

6. Describe the soldiers in Grant's army.

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

8. What is Grant's military philosophy?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Hitler in Command" may be the most important chapter in this book.

Part 1) Summarize this chapter. Why might it be the most important? What does this say about Hitler?

Part 2) How much of Hitler's power was his own doing and how much had to do with the environment in which he was living?

Part 3) Could a Hitler-type leader ever emerge in our own culture? Why or why not? Could the U.S. citizens avoid being attracted to such a leader? 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

Alexander inherited his father's army.

Part 1) Describe the Macedonian army. How did it compare to other armies of its day? How does it compare to modern armies?

Part 2) How was the size and skill of this army both a benefit and a detriment to Alexander? How are modern day armies also beneficial and detrimental?

Part 3) How did Alexander treat the men in his army? What does this reveal about him? How does his treatment of his men compare to the treatment of the soldiers by other leaders described in this book? How are our own military personnel treated today? How important is the relationship between a leader and his or her followers? Explain.

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