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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 7, what does Grossman cite as a powerful examine of of link between violence and sex in popular culture?
(a) Russ Meyer pictures.
(b) Girls-with-guns videos.
(c) Miami Vice.
(d) Dead teenager slasher films.

2. What does the small percentage of individuals that can sustain more than a few months duty without sustaining long-term mental damage have in common?
(a) They are often insomniacs.
(b) They are often psychopaths or sociopaths.
(c) They are often highly-educated.
(d) They often commit suicide after regular combat ends.

3. In combat, Grossman says in Chapter 4 that the two entities individuals most want to defend are what?
(a) Self and comrades.
(b) Family and comrades.
(c) Self and country.
(d) Self and family.

4. In Chapter 7, what reason does Grossman give for the cultural separation between officers and enlisted men in the military?
(a) A means of maintaining a socioeconomic status quo.
(b) A way to encourage enlisted men to strive and advance.
(c) Allowing officers the separation to send men on dangerous missions.
(d) A means for instilling fear in the enlisted men.

5. How many tours in Vietnam did the vet quoted in Chapter 7 serve before realizing that the killing urge was consuming him?
(a) 1.
(b) 4.
(c) 6.
(d) 2.

6. Which Roman leader and writer does Grossman quote in Chapter 4?
(a) Marcus Aurelius.
(b) Herodotus.
(c) Tacitus.
(d) Claudius.

7. Which of the following is not a component of killing that is covered in Chapter 4?
(a) Fear.
(b) Means.
(c) Motive.
(d) Opportunity.

8. In the World War II stories of Chapter 4, what do soldiers do to avoid killing?
(a) Sleep.
(b) Surrender to German troops.
(c) Smoke cigarettes.
(d) Pretend to be dead.

9. Freud, as quoted in Chapter 1, stresses the ascendancy of man's desire to what?
(a) Reproduce.
(b) Be validated.
(c) Obey.
(d) Prove himself.

10. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 2, what is the most effective treatment for psychiatric casualties?
(a) Freudian therapy.
(b) Time away from combat.
(c) Medication.
(d) Jungian therapy.

11. With what term does Grossman describe the reticence of the military to discuss non-firing in Chapter 3?
(a) An official fiction.
(b) Everybody's sin.
(c) A conspiracy of silence.
(d) A secret under the rug.

12. According to Grossman at the beginning of Chapter 5, what produces actual terror in really dangerous situations?
(a) Lack of order.
(b) Lack of control.
(c) Proximity to human maliciousness.
(d) Proximity to death.

13. What famous study is cited at the beginning of Chapter 1?
(a) The Tuskegee Institute syphilis studies.
(b) Pavlov's dog experiments.
(c) The Stanford "prison" study.
(d) The Yale "electroshock" study.

14. Chapter 7 begins with several vets joking about raping and murdering which public figure?
(a) Hillary Clinton.
(b) Susan Sarandon.
(c) Jane Fonda.
(d) Gloria Steinem.

15. In Chapter 4, what World War II battle does Grossman cite as an example of hunger deciding combat?
(a) Midway.
(b) Stalingrad.
(c) Iwo Jima.
(d) Normandy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What percentage of casualties did cannon fire comprise in many Civil War battles?

2. In Chapter 6, Grossman points out that hand-to-hand combat creates awareness of what?

3. In terms of effective leadership, what disadvantage do mercenaries and gang leaders have?

4. Which of the following is not an option for a soldier in combat that Grossman lists in Chapter 1?

5. In Chapter 7, Grossman says what has made killing easier for soldiers?

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