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3) Which of the following is stated in the passage as Napoleon's goal in warfare?

A) obtaining wealth and power
B) surprising the enemy
C) destroying most of the enemy's troops
D) dominating all of continental Europe
E) maintaining the initiative


I chose ans E as that is explicitly mentioned in para 1. Please advise why this is incorrect?
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New post 30 Sep 2018, 23:55
akshita957 wrote:
3) Which of the following is stated in the passage as Napoleon's goal in warfare?

A) obtaining wealth and power
B) surprising the enemy
C) destroying most of the enemy's troops
D) dominating all of continental Europe
E) maintaining the initiative


I chose ans E as that is explicitly mentioned in para 1. Please advise why this is incorrect?


(E) was the principle behind his tactics, not his goal.

Paragraph 1 mentions "His main objective was the complete destruction of the enemy’s main body. " and that is why (C) is the answer.
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Not able to figure out between A and B in 4. workout please guide :)


Hi ShankSouljaBoi,

B) show that Napoleon always operated on the basis of well-defined plans.

The passage says: "He achieved this feat in different ways according to the situation at hand." This means Napoleon had a plan before a battle but he adjusted the approach based on the situation. --> WRONG

A) show that, despite the variety of methods he used, Napoleon had a system underlying his decisions

The passage says: "... but the general principles behind his tactics were the same: keep the enemy at a disadvantage and maintain the initiative.". This means that although Napoleon acted based on the situation, he had principles - a system underlying the decisions.

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Susobhan wrote:
In question no 1 can anyone explain why not option c???


Hi Susobhan,

I chose C but when I read the OA, I understood. So let me help you.

1) Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the author's statement that Napoleon's tactics were based on INNOVATION and the element of SURPRISE?

Firstly, as for CR weaken question, please notice that what we need to weaken is the INNOVATION and SURPRISE of Napoleon's strategies.

C) Further studies of Napoleon's battle plans show that he always planned every attack carefully and never strayed from those plans during battle.
Even if Napoleon prepared a plan, that plan can be innovative with many surprising factors. --> CANNOT WEAKEN.
This option is a tricky one because it weakens another statement mentioned in the passage "He achieved this feat in different ways according to the situation at hand."

E) Battle plans of a British general were found showing a planned attack on Napoleon's troops using a strategy previously thought to be one of Napoleon's design.
It seems that Napoleon did not prepare the plans/strategies but learned from others. Then, his strategies were not innovative. --> WEAKEN
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New post 16 Oct 2018, 21:54
In option E, mentioning about other armies is an aberration. As soon as I read the question, I thought if Napoleon's plans didn't have innovation or element of surprise, the characteristic of plans must be weakened. I think option is E is kind of far-fetched. What if British armies used these? How does it counter Napoleon's plans to lack innovation or element of surprise?
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