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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What do most historians agree was the key to the Roman military model's success?
(a) Strong leadership.
(b) Light, flexible armor.
(c) Political legitimacy.
(d) Longer spears.

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

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

5. Which Civil War officer does Grossman quote at the beginning of Chapter 5?
(a) Pickett.
(b) Sherman.
(c) Jackson.
(d) McClellen.

6. 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) 6.
(c) 4.
(d) 2.

7. What percentage of the population can sustain more than a few months duty without sustaining long-term mental damage?
(a) 13.
(b) 0.
(c) 25.
(d) 2.

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

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

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

11. In what war did Lord Moran fight?
(a) The Falklands War.
(b) World War I.
(c) The Rhodesian Wars.
(d) The Civil War.

12. In Chapter 3, Grossman says what two stimuli most often impel soldiers to kill?
(a) Guilt and training.
(b) Psychological disorders and prejudices.
(c) Fear and anger.
(d) Expectations and coercions.

13. During World War I, what was the favored weapon of American servicemen for killing enemy combatants?
(a) Rifles.
(b) Grenades.
(c) Bayonet.
(d) Mines.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Freud, as quoted in Chapter 1, stresses the ascendancy of man's desire to what?

2. In Chapter 1, Grossman reveals that the majority of active World War II soldiers did what?

3. With what term does Grossman describe the reticence of the military to discuss non-firing in Chapter 3?

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

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

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