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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the study cited by Grossman at the end of Chapter 5, what stimulus was applied to test dogs?
(a) Loud noises.
(b) Rotten food.
(c) Extreme cold.
(d) Electric shocks.

2. What did military analysts in World War II predict about the result of civilian bombings?
(a) Psychiatric casualties would be worse than with soldiers.
(b) Psychiatric casualties would be nonexistent.
(c) Psychiatric casualties would be equal to those with soldiers.
(d) Psychiatric casualties would be fewer than with soldiers.

3. What was the first crew-served weapon?
(a) The phalanx.
(b) The artillery gun.
(c) The submarine.
(d) The chariot.

4. What reason is given in Bhagavad Gita to justify killing?
(a) Killing is deliverance into heaven.
(b) Soldiers must kill or be killed.
(c) Every man chooses his own death.
(d) All men are of the same Spirit.

5. Why does fight-or-flight not come into play in a battle situation?
(a) Battle is a collective exercise.
(b) Soldiers are on the same stratus of the food chain.
(c) Soldiers are able to communicate verbally with each other.
(d) Soldiers are armed with weapons.

6. At the beginning of Chapter 1, Grossman says he will only discover the distance guilt relationship as it concerns what?
(a) America.
(b) Humans.
(c) The twentieth century.
(d) Warfare.

7. What fear did Saddam Hussein seize upon to hold on to power, as discussed in Chapter 2?
(a) A US invasion.
(b) A Shiite backlash.
(c) Iranian influx.
(d) A Kurdish secession.

8. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why would racially and ethnically dominant rhetoric by American leaders have been unhelpful in the Iraq War?
(a) Our military is multi-racial.
(b) We have a history of domestic racial oppression.
(c) Our enemies and allies were the same race.
(d) We have not official language or religion.

9. What is the unifying element that links all of the coping tactics in Chapter 3?
(a) Distance.
(b) Trance.
(c) Enibriation.
(d) Experience.

10. In Chapter 4, the story of the soldier who kills a young enemy and immediately breaks down crying takes place in what country?
(a) The Soviet Union.
(b) Korea.
(c) Israel.
(d) France.

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

12. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 5, on which individual are the affects of horror in combat most psychologically damaging?
(a) Correspondant.
(b) POW.
(c) Civilian.
(d) Combatant.

13. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, what is the primary duty of the leader of a Greek phalanx?
(a) To fight with the men.
(b) The stategize behind lines.
(c) To reform the formation when someone fell.
(d) The deliver orders.

14. Which of the following is not an option for a soldier in combat that Grossman lists in Chapter 1?
(a) Posture.
(b) Suicide.
(c) Submit.
(d) Fight.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many days can a soldier remain in combat before psychological trauma begins to manifest itself?

2. In discussing the atavistic fervor of a mob early in Chapter 2, Grossman cites what recent genocide?

3. What percentage of the population can sustain more than a few months duty without sustaining long-term mental damage?

4. According to the DSM, when is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder most severe?

5. Which of the following is not a contributing factor in determining whether a group easily unites in combat killing?

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