On Killing Short Essay - Answer Key

Dave Grossman (author)
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1. At the beginning of the book, what personal prejudices does Grossman admit to?

At the beginning of the book, Grossman admits tremendous condemnation of divorce, as the results are always negative on children. He only believes in women working while their children are in school. He is also clearly prejudiced against the poor. Finally, the author of the book declares that violence on television and in the movies is to blame for increased violence.

2. What options are open to soldiers in combat?

Grossman, in the first few chapters, discusses the options open to soldiers on a battlefield. He explains that because they are part of the same species as their adversaries, they have more than fight or flight at their disposal. They can submit to the enemy, surrendering. Also - and perhaps most often - they can posture, making themselves seem more fearsome than they are.

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