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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 civilian activity does Grossman use to illustrate the distance-guilt relationship?
(a) Rape.
(b) Eating meat.
(c) Urban crime.
(d) Corporate layoffs.

2. At the end of Chapter 5, how does Grossman describe the power of the edged-weapon threat?
(a) Minimal.
(b) Sexual.
(c) Savage.
(d) Dainty.

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

4. What city did King Sennacherib destroy?
(a) Jerusalem.
(b) Alexandria.
(c) Tehran.
(d) Babylon.

5. What occurs as a result of exhaustion after the 60-day mark of continuous combat?
(a) Narcolepsy.
(b) Hallucinations.
(c) Muscle atrophy.
(d) Death.

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

7. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what is the immediate reaction to killing from a soldier?
(a) Confusion.
(b) Euphoria.
(c) Denial.
(d) Depression.

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

9. 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 clinical definition of PTSD.
(d) The effects of killing.

10. In the beginning of Chapter 3, what does the Vietnam vet assume is on the back of the picture in Grossman's story?
(a) A goodbye message.
(b) A date.
(c) An address.
(d) Blood.

11. Which of the following is not a sign of psychological trauma discussed in Chapter 1?
(a) Fatigue States.
(b) Sporadic Violence.
(c) Obsessional and Compulsive States.
(d) Character Disorders.

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

13. According to Grosman in Chapter 5, why do combatants choose the slash rather than thrust with edged weapons?
(a) It can be done while moving.
(b) It wounds rather than kills.
(c) It is a simpler motion.
(d) It creates a radius of safety.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Aside from officers, which individuals are often killed in combat for their toll on morale?

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 4, an effective strategy in defeating an enemy's ability to make war is in destroying what?

3. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 1, what is not widely known about CW Whittlesley, the commander of the Lost Battalion?

4. In Chapter 7, what does Grossman cite as a powerful examine of of link between violence and sex in popular culture?

5. Chapter 7 begins with several vets joking about raping and murdering which public figure?

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