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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 control.
(c) Proximity to death.
(d) Lack of order.

3. Which of the following is not a contributing factor in determining whether a group easily unites in combat killing?
(a) The mean age of the group.
(b) The proximity of members in the group.
(c) The size of the group.
(d) The psychological bond among members of the group.

4. Early in Chapter 2, Grossman quotes a researcher who say that most soldier's relationship with their comrades are stronger than with whom?
(a) Their wives.
(b) Themselves.
(c) Their parents.
(d) Their children.

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

6. What term does Grossman use in Chapter 6 to indicate the method one uses to kill in hand-to-hand-combat?
(a) Always on top.
(b) Deflect and deliver.
(c) Hard to soft.
(d) Breath and blood.

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

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

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

10. In Chapter 1, Grossman cites a study which says vets are most likely to fire when?
(a) When soldiers around them fire.
(b) When ordered to.
(c) When under-slept.
(d) When fired upon.

11. 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 is not allowed to use the bathroom.
(c) His head is hooded.
(d) He knows the hostage-takers' names.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In terms of effective leadership, what disadvantage do mercenaries and gang leaders have?

3. What term arose in the early 1990's to describe the new fighting techniques seen in the Gulf War?

4. In what war did Lord Moran fight?

5. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what is the immediate reaction to killing from a soldier?

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