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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what tactic does Grossman describe as key to training soldiers to fire in combat?
(a) Drilling.
(b) Education.
(c) Encouragement.
(d) Alcohol.

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

3. At the end of Chapter 4, what physical reaction to exhaustion and hunger does Grossman cite?
(a) Body tremors.
(b) Ulcers.
(c) Organ failure.
(d) Involuntary urination.

4. 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 secret under the rug.
(d) A conspiracy of silence.

5. 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.

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

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

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

9. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, why is it easy for the wealthy to oppress the poor without feeling guilt?
(a) Theydo not consider the poor people.
(b) They think they are helping to motivate the poor to work.
(c) The wealthy do not feel guilt.
(d) They do not see the effects of the oppression.

10. In Chapter 1, Grossman reveals that the majority of active World War II soldiers did what?
(a) Released prisoners-of-war.
(b) Declined to fire their weapons.
(c) Self-harm.
(d) Learned German.

11. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why do most soldiers refuse to discuss their aversion to killing?
(a) To avoid court martial.
(b) To save face with others.
(c) To impress civilians.
(d) To scare would-be challengers.

12. 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) Rest.
(c) New leadership.
(d) Nothing.

13. At the end of Chapter 4, what reason does Grossman give for the increase in firing and killing in recent wars?
(a) The end of the draft.
(b) New weapons technology.
(c) Military conditioning practices.
(d) Less close-raange combat.

14. 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?
(a) 30.
(b) 50.
(c) 10.
(d) 20.

15. According to the DSM, when is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder most severe?
(a) When it happens in peacetime.
(b) When it happens in wartime.
(c) When the trauma was caused by a person.
(d) When the victim was severely injured.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Chapter 2, what is significant about the Civil War muskets examined by Grossman?

3. In the final story of Chapter 4, the one in which an American and Viet Cong soldier happen upon each other, who is killed?

4. Which of the following is a component of Demands of Authority as delineated in Chapter 1?

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

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