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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How many days can a soldier remain in combat before psychological trauma begins to manifest itself?
(a) 60.
(b) 150.
(c) 10.
(d) 200.

3. What term arose in the early 1990's to describe the new fighting techniques seen in the Gulf War?
(a) Mail-order war.
(b) Calling-card war.
(c) Nintendo war.
(d) Telegraph war.

4. What percentage of casualties did cannon fire comprise in many Civil War battles?
(a) 4.
(b) 23.
(c) 50.
(d) 10.

5. In Chapter 8, what term does Grossman use to refer to those who have killed in war?
(a) Noncriminal killers.
(b) Shooters.
(c) Legalized perpetrators.
(d) Combat actives.

6. In the World War II study cited in Chapter 1, how much would soldier firing decrease when leadership was not nearby?
(a) 35-40 percent.
(b) 25-30 percent.
(c) 15-20 percent.
(d) 5-10 percent.

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

8. At the end of Chapter 6, Grossman says that what can provide a sudden injection of fortitude into a unit of men?
(a) Victory.
(b) Nothing.
(c) New leadership.
(d) Rest.

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

10. In Chapter 2, what is significant about the Civil War muskets examined by Grossman?
(a) They are loaded without powder.
(b) They are loaded multiple times.
(c) They are unloaded.
(d) They are loaded without pellets.

11. What great advance in military technology did Gustavus Adolphus create?
(a) The chain gun.
(b) The automatic rifle.
(c) The portable cannon.
(d) The black powder rifle.

12. At the end of Chapter 8, what does Grossman say psychiatrists need to explore to treat traumatized servicemen?
(a) The past history of each man.
(b) The history of military psychology.
(c) The effects of killing.
(d) The clinical definition of PTSD.

13. 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) Combatant.
(c) POW.
(d) Civilian.

14. In Chapter 3, an Israeli study says a hostage is much more likely to die if what?
(a) He knows the hostage-takers' names.
(b) His head is hooded.
(c) His hands are not bound.
(d) He is not allowed to use the bathroom.

15. According to Grossman in Chapter 8, what varies widely regarding those who recover from mental trauma after killing in combat?
(a) Time needed for recovery.
(b) Outlet for recovery.
(c) Level of recovery.
(d) Desire for recovery.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not a sign of psychological trauma discussed in Chapter 1?

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 7, how long can guilt over killing last?

3. In the story at the beginning of Chapter 3, what percentage of soldiers questioned said they were certain they had killed even one enemy in combat?

4. 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?

5. How many tours in Vietnam did the vet quoted in Chapter 7 serve before realizing that the killing urge was consuming him?

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