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. The year was 1862, and Grant was serving as the Commander of the District of __________________.

3. Why did Grant did not approve of the tactics used regarding the Rio Grande venture?

4. Why was Grant chosen for his military appointment?

5. By this time, assassination attempts had been made on Hitler's life, a fact that increased security _____________________ by staying hidden away.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the soldiers in Grant's army.

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

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

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

5. How was Hitler helped in his plan to destroy Poland?

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

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

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

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

10. How was Hitler affected by World War I?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The leaders discussed in this book had a variety of military strategies.

Part 1) Choose four leaders to analyze. Describe each leader's military strategies. How effective were these strategies? How do these strategies reflect each leader's personalities?

Part 2) How important was the technology at the time, the size of the military, and the abilities of the enemy to the leaders' strategies?

Part 3) What factors might influence a leader's strategies and tactics today? How do these factors compare to factors in the past?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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